We’re continuing our tour of Carol Jean Kadonsky’s garden today. She says, “I dug my vegetable garden in 1987. I had one pine tree cut down to make a small patch of sunshine under many other trees. I dug out the sod and planted vegetables, which is all I could afford those first years.
“I’ve tried many things over the years. I read about square foot gardening which is a good fit for my small space. I used their recipe to build up my garden soil and that helped a lot. The main vegetable patch is made up of 3 raised beds – two 2 x 16 beds and one 4 x 12 bed.
“I have a 3-year rotation plan for the space. One of the narrow beds is for my rhubarb & strawberries and a waiting zone for plants that don’t have a home.
“Because of limited space I do a lot of vertical growing. To make that simpler my dad helped build the frame over the larger raised bed. And my son made the PVC pipe structure as a gift for Mother’s Day.
“When I lost the two trees behind my vegetable garden more space opened up to plant and for storage. I have several containers that I plant and I tried a 5 x 5 patch of deep mulch gardening.
“The last two years I have used composted granulated chicken manure in my beds and I see an improvement. I grow raspberries to the east of the garden and blueberries to the north. I also included photos of several of my projects I added to the gardens this year.”
I could only DREAM of having such a veggie garden, Carol Jean. I am a veggie-gardening loser. I’m in awe of yours! Thanks so much for sharing for the past two days. Everything looks terrific!
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