Garden Project: So Close…

One of the greatest joys of this current garden project is that I set a goal, listed the interim steps in detail, gave myself a rough timeline, and have been sticking to it. The end product is in sight. If you want to read about the beginning of the project, check out New Beginnings and Getting There.

Something was eating the strawberry plants. At first, we set the short cages over them, just to keep them safe. But now hinges and chains have been installed on the short cages making them easy to open and close. I’m not 100% sure that the bees are getting through the cage openings, so I’ve been propping them open during the day. I’m looking forward to harvesting ripened strawberries this year, instead of having to pluck them early before the chipmunks and squirrels steal them.

The third and fourth beds will house taller plants, like tomatoes and zucchini. The frames of the taller cages are shaped like four-foot staples. (I have staples on the brain after attaching so many sections of hardware cloth!) The first tall cage was installed on the third garden bed using hooks and eyes, last week. Two flat, removable panels were attach to either side and secured with a simple combination of screws and wire.

This weekend, I managed to fill the 4th bed with soil, finally deciding to screen out a good deal of rocks and debris as I did so. It made the job harder, but was certainly worth the effort. Then, with the help of my husband, we secured the 2nd tall cage to the 4th bed and installed the two flat panels to close the cage. Finally, I attached old cabinet handles to the short cages to finish them.

What a sight to see — all four garden beds filled and covered and ready for the growing season.

Snow peas, potatoes, spinach, and kale have already been planted and are starting to come up. I still need to spruce up the area around the beds, but I’ve got time. In the next week or two, I’ll be taking a trip with my gardener-friend, Dawn, to the Herb Farmacy in Salisbury, MA, to pick up organic tomato and squash plants. I’m so looking forward to this new gardening adventure and hoping these new beds with their cages will make gardening a little more productive and fun.

Stay tuned for the final installment of Garden Project, when everything is planted and I’ve added the last few finishing touches. In the meantime, happy gardening! 🙂

Gratitude Spiral: Day 205

Today, I’m grateful for the first (and hopefully not last) pea pod from my garden.

The groundhog enjoyed the tender shoots of most of my pea plants this year, and those plants are slowly coming back. But a couple were spared. This morning, I picked one lone pea pod. There’s still a possibility the groundhog could return, so there’s no guarantee of more. But still I’m hoping. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 193

Today, I’m grateful for the resiliency of pea plants.

It gives me hope that my poor plants, ravaged by persistent wildlife, might still grow and produce pea pods. They’re one of my favorites from my summer garden.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 161

Today, I’m grateful for the snow peas just beginning to grow.

I planted them along the side and back fence of the garden on a cool April day. They’re one of my favorites from the garden and always one of the first to go in the ground. When the seedlings appear, it feels like the real gardening season has begun!

What are you grateful for today?