May 21, 2008

Raised bed...fully loaded

Everything's planted...now hurry up and grow!








Can you tell we have abundant bunnies and squirrels in our neighborhood?


9 comments:

Joyce said...

Gosh, that's an impressive structure. Those bunnies will be gazing longingly through that fence!

Lori said...

Joyce,
Hopefully the bunnies will never know what they're missing, since the planter is 15" tall. Don't feel too sorry for the little guys; I do intend to plants lots of wildflowers for them to eat toward the other end of the back yard.

Lucy said...

Hi Lori,

What a glorious beginning for your garden!

Look forward to its progress. And hoping those bunnies and squirrels keep far away!

Lori said...

Lucy,
Thank you for the kind comments. I don't fear the bunnies and squirrels for now - the fence and netting will definitely take care of them - I just wonder what will happen when the tomatoes and beans get too tall to keep the netting over the whole bed. Guess we'll find out!

TheMartianChick said...

It looks great. I'd love to try it to keep out groundhogs. My question is...How in the heck do you get in and out to tend the garden?!?

Lori said...

Martian,
I definitely don't get into the planter - the goal is to keep the soil inside as loose as possible for the plants, and I don't want to compact it down with my footsteps. At 4' wide the bed is just narrow enough, and at 5'-9" I'm just tall enough, that I can reach to the middle of the planter. Last year I took the netting down after the plants were really established - that let me reach in to weed and such. This year, I haven't placed the netting over the top yet, and I haven't had any issues so far. I can also bend the fencing down a bit while tending the garden, then put it back into place when I'm done. So far, so good!

Mir said...

Hi Lori,

What type of wire mesh did you use? I too have critter problems. This will be my first garden in NC so I want to do it right. I used to have large ones in NH and used a "scare crow" device. It was sensored activated and would spray the deer etc. with water when they approached. This garden is tiny so I don't feel that's necessary. I love to dig in the dirt and reap the benefits.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Lori said...

Mir,
It was something similar to this. http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1991300&CAWELAID=164113697

It's been nearly 4 years and it's still doing fairly well, though my bamboo posts are definitely worse for the wear. I'd recommend using metal stakes instead if you're looking for something with significant longevity.

Mir said...

Thank you my friend, I'm on my way...