Saturday, October 3, 2009

Project: Garden.

We've dug 11X15 out of our backyard for our garden, here're some pics.

Square foot gardening is what we're aiming for in the long run, so we've cut it into 4 sections. We amended 2 sections with composted Black Kow (our compost is far from done).

 Complete with Rain Barrel Irrigation!

Southwest Florida is a great place for winter crops due to minimal freezing during winter. We've got Heirloom tomatoes (2 varieties), orange and red Bell Peppers, Purple Cabbage, Broccoli, Globe Basil, Spearmint, Thyme, and Catnip. That's  half done, so we're planning on putting some red potatoes in potato boxes, planting some Snap Beans, and not sure what else. Anyone have some suggestions? We have plenty of room left, so I'm willing to listen. :)

The soaker hose works much better than I expected. Due to the lack of pressure from the rain barrel, I was only expecting a very weak drip, but it greatly exceeded my expectations because I forgot to factor in the gravity of a full 55 gallon barrel of water (do'h!). I expect it to deteriorate in proficiency when the water gets low, but that may be a while, since the soil we dug out is unusually good for around these parts (usually it's nuthin' but sand, which is a major suck factor for growing here).

Anyhowl, more to come on this little project.. Next:             Project: Chickens


  1. Jealous re: SW Florida in winter...

    Think I'd pass in the summer, though.

    Irrigation looks good, bro.

  2. Yes, it's downright hellish during the summer. Keeping things watered enough (especially during a 5 year drought) is hard enough without 95 degrees of sun on your back.

    Thanks for the irrigation compliment. 55 gallons, so I've come to realize, is not much. I'm almost out, after 3 waterings of 30 mins each.

    I hope it rains soon, so two birds will be killed with one stone, so to speak. :)