Garden success! After leveling and fencing the garden at the end of April we built raised garden beds with local rocks and tilled in 3 tons of mushroom compost with the native soil. Hillbilly Farmgirl planted beans, squash, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, onions, and peppers. At the same time I began construction of a greenhouse which in addition to housing greens would also be used to collect rainwater in a 225 gallon storage tank for irrigation. Until the greenhouse roof was completed we couldn’t collect rainwater so we filled our water tank with water from a surface spring. Once full, we built a PVC irrigation system and put the tank on timers to water the garden when we're not there. Fortunately, there has been a lot of rain and the the results have been stunning. We harvested our first goblin egg squash, a cucumber and two very young green beans. The fence appears to be holding, except we do have a resident chipmunk who likes soybeans. I think pictures tell the story best.
Garden area level and ready.
Building the raised gardens.
The mushroom compost. $30 a truckload.
Raised beds complete and mushroom compost mixed in.
The irrigation system.
Look at that water flow!!!
My God a veggie! (of some sort)
Beans held up by string.
And Hillbilly Farmgirl keeps on going...
Garden timer on our 225 gallon tank.
Boring plumbing connections on our tank.
This is 4 weeks of growth.
Our first crop yield! A goblin egg squash harvested June 15th.
...and a pickling cucumber too!
That's what we got so far, 2 yellow wax beans, a pickling cucumber, a goblin egg squash and two onion scapes.
Squash with a mesquite pork loin. Yumgood.