Monday, March 29, 2010

Version 2.0

This weekend we finished a new prototype for our fence on a square-foot garden. It has 2 stationary sides and hinged 2 sides that open to allow access to the garden.

We expect that 4 feet high while only 4 feet deep should discourage any deer from getting into the garden.

Garlic we planted last Fall sprouted 3 weeks ago and looks good. Plans are to plant broccoli and peas next weekend.

From Deer-proof garden 2.0

Bed is made from 2 8-foot, 2 by 8's.

Fence is made from 2 by 2's and doors from 1 by 2's with stainless steel l brackets mounted inside. Chicken wire, both metal and heavy-duty plastic, was used. I think I prefer the plastic as it was much easier to build with. We'll see how it holds up this season.

We used stainless steel and brass door hinges and 1.5 inch eye hooks to fasten the doors closed.

From Deer-proof garden 2.0

From Deer-proof garden 2.0

Soil is 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 mix of purchased mushroom compost, purchased composted manure, home-grown vermicompost and home-grown regular compost. Recipe credits to the Square Foot Garden. I highly recommend this approach. It yielded great results last year and required much less maintenance than a regular garden.

1 by 1 foot squares are made with regular pastic twine.

This weekend we'll plant broccoli plants and peas and start building a second one of these garden boxes.

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