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Date:10/25/2014 9:46:08 AM
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I've been very busy putting in the new garden the last several weeks! My son built four raised beds, each one eight feet long, three feet wide, and a foot high. We positioned these along the back fence for maximum sunlight, plus the vining crops can now climb up the fence.

Since our backyard is very small, I designed a layout that includes benches along facing sides of the two middle boxes, with a third bench along the back fence, creating a U-shaped seating area directly in front of the patio.

This new design provides nearly 100 square feet of raised beds, enough to grow most of my own vegetables if my calculations are correct. Since I am in zone 7, I can grow crops most of the year. In fact, I transplanted a few spinach plants that survived the winter into one of the new beds. That stuff is amazing!

We need to haul another ton of garden ready soil to fill the boxes, then I can finish planting. So far I have snap peas, spinach and lots of Yukon Gold potatoes in the one box that is full.

Next project is building a raised bed in front of the house, outlined in rock, and planting an assortment of blueberry bushes and a couple of tea bushes in a mixture of peat moss, shredded pine bark, and garden soil. I recently learned that tea is grown on bushes that belong to the camellia family, and some of the cultivars have very pretty, pink flowers. They also like very acid soil, so my theory is that they will make good neighbors for the blueberries. How I love my tea :)
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