Gardening

Building a Pallet Garden Bed

So I built my garden bed a couple of weeks ago and all is going well with it.  I am going to give some instructions on how you can build one of your own!

Materials Needed:

  • 3 pallets
  • Weed Cloth
  • Circular Saw
  • 2 Inch Nails
  • Hammer
  • 4 Wide Fence Boards
  • Staple Gun

So a couple of notes to start, all of your wood should be untreated, no one wants to eat things that were grown in pressure treated wood boxes!

We did this the hard way, but next time we will use a saw, Kevin removed what I needed removed using a Small Sledge Hammer as he would call it a BFH and a Crow Bar.

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  1. Using your circular saw remove the boards indicated above, Then re attach them to the open ENDS of the pallet with your nails and hammer.
  2. On the pallet where all of the boards are left on once side attach weed cloth using the staple gun.
  3. Place the pallet that is covered with weed cloth, weed cloth down and stack the reaming pallets on top of it.
  4. The ends you attached boards to will be the front and back of your bed.  Attach weed cloth to the sides once again using the staple gun.  This is to prevent dirt from washing out of the bed.
  5. Now measure the sides covered with the weed cloth and cut down the fence boards to fit.
  6. Attach the fence boards to the sides to hide the unsightly weed cloth and prevent little ones from removing it. (Before adding the fence boards I got to reapply mine…)

I filled my bed with mushroom compost and top soil mixed together!

garden bed

This is before I added the fence boards, can’t get out there for a picture due to the yard being soaked from the storm today!  As you can see one of my pallets was smaller but I worked with it, I planted my cucumbers there because they will spill out the sides. You can also see why the weed cloth is needed on the sides for spillage!

 

 

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Compost Bin

Spring is nearly here… So get started on those gardens!

I had an old storage tub laying around and we drilled holes all over it and the lid!

Compost bin

So I did some research on composting in this manner and have a few tips for y’all!

Compost is done like a layer cake…

  • One part high-carbon materials (shredded, dry plant matter such as leaves, twigs, woody stems, corn cobs)
  • One part high-nitrogen green plant matter (green plant and vegetable refuse, grass clippings, weeds, trimmings, kitchen scraps—but avoid meat, dairy, and fat) and good-quality soil

 

Pile the ingredients like a layer cake, with 2 to 4 carbon materials on the bottom (twigs and woody stems here will help air to circulate into the pile). Next, add a layer of soil. Add 2 to 4 inches of nitrogen-based materials, followed by soil. Repeat until the pile reaches 2 to 3 feet high.

Soak the pile at its start and water periodically; its consistency should be that of a damp sponge.

Stir this weekly to keep oxygen getting to the center!

These items may also be added to the pile:

  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
  • Dry goods (crackers, flour, spices)
  • Eggshells
  • Hair
  • Nutshells
  • Pasta (cooked or uncooked)
  • Seaweed
  • Shredded paper/newspaper

*Farmers Almanac

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Bye Bye Bugs

Spectracide Triazicide Insect Killer Once & Done! Granules

We are treating the yards with Spectracide Triazicide, and using Ortho home Defense to hopefully combat these Texas bugs! Also just put down some grass seed!

Lets see how well this all works!

So after spreading this and the grass seed I found out that it cannot come into contact with your edibles at all…

Thank you for contacting United Industries.

If using the Spectracide Triazicide liquid; if the product is applied to any edibles not listed on the label they can be consumed after 21 days. This is only if the edibles only received one application of the product. If applied more, these edibles would have to be discarded.

If using the Spectracide Triazicide granules; if the product has been applied to edibles they cannot be consumed at any time and would need to be discarded.

So I tossed the plants and dirt, when I went ito Home Depot and explained what happened the offered to replace the dirt and plants.

Friday evening I got it all put back together other than the fence boards that go on the sides. Monday I will post an update with picture.

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Garden Update

Yay, so all is going well seeds are starting to pop up and I am starting to get the rest of the yard in order for the summer!

So my Nasturtiums are doing well on the side where I did nothing to the seeds, on the side where I altered the seeds only 2 have come up, so I will be planing more un-altered seeds.

Nasturtiums

Now the rest of the garden is doing alright, the tomato has its first little one and lots of blooms, the peepers are popping up and the lemon cucumbers will take off soon I am sure.

Fresh Herbs went in the pot a couple of  nights ago after the rains, I will be watering them less to see if that helps, and I was also told to grow together what you can put in a pot together to cook with so the cilantro should have never been with the basil!

Garden update1

Check back next week for another update and see about what else is being done in the yard!  I am off to add to the compost bin!

DIY, Gardening

Building a Pallet Garden Bed

So I built my garden bed a couple of weeks ago and all is going well with it.  I am going to give some instructions on how you can build one of your own!

Materials Needed:

  • 3 pallets
  • Weed Cloth
  • Circular Saw
  • 2 Inch Nails
  • Hammer
  • 4 Wide Fence Boards
  • Staple Gun

So a couple of notes to start, all of your wood should be untreated, no one wants to eat things that were grown in pressure treated wood boxes!

We did this the hard way, but next time we will use a saw, Kevin removed what I needed removed using a Small Sledge Hammer as he would call it a BFH and a Crow Bar.

48x40 edit

 

 

 

  1. Using your circular saw remove the boards indicated above, Then re attach them to the open ENDS of the pallet with your nails and hammer.
  2. On the pallet where all of the boards are left on once side attach weed cloth using the staple gun.
  3. Place the pallet that is covered with weed cloth, weed cloth down and stack the reaming pallets on top of it.
  4. The ends you attached boards to will be the front and back of your bed.  Attach weed cloth to the sides once again using the staple gun.  This is to prevent dirt from washing out of the bed.
  5. Now measure the sides covered with the weed cloth and cut down the fence boards to fit.
  6. Attach the fence boards to the sides to hide the unsightly weed cloth and prevent little ones from removing it. (Before adding the fence boards I got to reapply mine…)

I filled my bed with mushroom compost and top soil mixed together!

garden bed

This is before I added the fence boards, can’t get out there for a picture due to the yard being soaked from the storm today!  As you can see one of my pallets was smaller but I worked with it, I planted my cucumbers there because they will spill out the sides. You can also see why the weed cloth is needed on the sides for spillage!

 

 

DIY, Gardening

Nasturtiums

nasturtiumpacketsmissouri

While chatting with my mom the other day she told me that Nasturtiums are very hard to germinate if you don’t help them along, I never knew she had to give them a boost… She told me what she used to do and on to some research I  went.

Nasturtiums have a hard outer coating so they have trouble breaking though, I kinda thought they looked odd as I put the first packet in the ground this morning…

seeds

So I found that there are a few ways to get them started:

  • File one side slightly with a nail file
  • Nip them with nail clippers
  • Soak them in water for a few days

I nipped some, filed some and then added some that I hadn’t altered and the others to a jar of water to sit for a few days… We shall see what happens in a few weeks when I get them into the ground and they have a chance to get started…

I also found that they like to stay very wet when they first start out so water well daily, and they like darkness when starting out so start them in dirt rather than some other methods that occur indoors!

On another note I am having to order my Lemon Cucumber seeds on Amazon…


Burpee 66993 Cucumber Lemon Seed Packet

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Is it a pallet or a garden bed?

Okay, so a while back I posted about my plan to do a garden this year, well I came up with a less expensive way to make my beds.  It took some  time to get a hold of some pallets and I now have hubby on the way home with them so I will share my plan with y’all!  Let me take a second though to tell you I am no artist!

garden plan

 

Now I realize that I spelled the name of the flowers in the front bed wrong, they are nasturtiums as very cute country flower that will climb up the shepherds hooks and brick, the best part is that they are edible, so they add a nice bit of color to summer salads along with a peppery taste!

nestursums

 

I will take pictures as I work on Friday and show you how my beds come together!

So along with that first original post I mentioned that I would be making a compost bin.  Well we finally got around to that last weekend while we were cleaning up the garage and front yard.  This is so simple anyone with a drill can do it!

I had an old storage tub laying around and we drilled holes all over it and the lid!

Compost bin

So I did some research on composting in this manner and have a few tips for y’all!

Compost is done like a layer cake…

  • One part high-carbon materials (shredded, dry plant matter such as leaves, twigs, woody stems, corn cobs)
  • One part high-nitrogen green plant matter (green plant and vegetable refuse, grass clippings, weeds, trimmings, kitchen scraps—but avoid meat, dairy, and fat) and good-quality soil

 

Pile the ingredients like a layer cake, with 2 to 4 carbon materials on the bottom (twigs and woody stems here will help air to circulate into the pile). Next, add a layer of soil. Add 2 to 4 inches of nitrogen-based materials, followed by soil. Repeat until the pile reaches 2 to 3 feet high.

Soak the pile at its start and water periodically; its consistency should be that of a damp sponge.

Stir this weekly to keep oxygen getting to the center!

These items may also be added to the pile:

  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
  • Dry goods (crackers, flour, spices)
  • Eggshells
  • Hair
  • Nutshells
  • Pasta (cooked or uncooked)
  • Seaweed
  • Shredded paper/newspaper

*Farmers Almanac

Gardening

A Trip Down Memory Lane… The Garden…

We always had a garden growing up, with  cute little hand painted signs that my mom made out of old fence boards and paint sticks for each thing that we grew.  Growing up with this was so nice, I came to love all kinds of fruits and veggies as well as even flowers in my salads :-).  I always enjoyed it, even Grandma had a huge one where I learned to eat foods like fresh beets.  Mmmmmmmm!  I have heard stories of me going out as a little toddler and picking strawberries and running back in to say “Burries Grandma, burries Grandma”.  As an adult I still really love FRESH fruits and veggies of all kinds, and love my fresh herbs and flowers out in the yard, and let me tell you I have a 22 month old little boy who loves to share a salad with mommy. I even have to store all of our produce in the garage fridge or David will help himself all day long!  Okay now a little confession I have to tell you, now that I work in hospitals,  I absolutely hate getting my hands dirty so I wear disposable gloves under my garden gloves LOL.

memorylanegarden

So with all of that I really want to do a garden with David this summer, however we rent the house we are living in so I don’t want to do too much that would need to be removed later.  With that said I decided to try out Square foot Gardening with a raised bed.  Being that this is our first year doing this, I will start out with a 3×3 bed giving me 9 Squares to work with.

I haven’t yet figured out what all is going in the bed, this is all still a work in progress that I will share with you as the spring and summer progress.  We will start this weekend by making a Compost bin, Check back tomorrow for more on that!  To get you started on planning your Square Foot Garden I have made up a couple of garden planners one for a 3×3 bed and one for a 4×4 bed!

I will be researching plans for the bed and will share some with you when I have them!

Thanks for the picture Mom!

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