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CraftMcGyver

Location:  Milwaukee, WI

Day Job:  SAHM/Part time Medical Technologist

The Digs:  Backyard

Crops:  Basil, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Garlic, Green beans, Lettuce, Spinach, Tomatoes

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I used to garden with my parents when I was younger, but got away from it when I was in college. Now my husband and I have a house and a little one and we want to grow some of our own food. This is our first year, so hopefully all goes well. We have two 8x4 raised beds that my dad and I made out of cedar. Raised beds in place and planted. If only the weather would cooperate. Some pictures of before and after tree and shrub removal in the backyard. I hated to cut down such great shade, but it had outgrown the space. Any suggestions for my new space welcome!

 
     

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  • Posted by: cse on July 6th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks for stopping by with congratulations for my farmer of the day win. I just added a few more photos.

    Your place looks nice!

    Here's a vote for you.

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on June 29th, 2013 at 08:13 am

    Checking in to see what you're up to. It's a shame to lose a big maple tree like that. Did it have issues? With the great mix of weather we've had this spring, everything is growing nicely and all the trees are particularly lush. With such dense foliage, I find that the large maple in our backyard is shading the raised beds, which have the bulk of my veggies, including tomatoes that need so much sun. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out. What have you decided to do with your new space? Another method to get growing quickly in raised beds without having to dig up sod, etc. is a lasagne garden. I put one in last year, and it's doing really well. You can put down wet newspaper right on top of the grass, and then layers of organic matter (leaves, for example), compost and soil. At the end of the season last year, after everything compacted a bit, the garden wasn't very full, so I took a lot of leaves and spread them on top, and left them there over the winter, and just tossed a bit of additional soil on top in the spring. I've got squash, beans and nasturtiums growing in that garden and everything's doing well.

 
  • Posted by: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on June 10th, 2013 at 06:34 pm

    Hi!
    So, the extra area you have is between that fence and concrete step walkway - right? Well, that's a pretty good sized area. You can turn that into a raised garden bed area using the Hugelkulture method (see https://www19.benefits.ml.com/login/login.aspx or the methods) Just go smaller and maybe alittle bit at a time. You'll want to plant items that don't need much tending to, like dwarf fruiting trees or nut trees. Maybe even fruiting bushes like raspberries. I'm not sure what you can grown up there. You'd have to find out what permanent plantings grow in your area first. This type of bed can grow for many years without further fertilizing, etc. But, you'll be better off lining the outsides of the bed with stones or pavers so that the bottom of the fence doesn't rot out. But, educate yourself the best you can 1st on this before applying the method. There is alot of info on it. I made a smaller one in my front yard and its doing well enough for a first effort. You can also plant other stuff under the fruit trees or bushes you decide on. It's work that'll be in progress for awhile. Or, you can just make a nice experimental bed out of the area to see what grows best first for you. Well, anyway good luck!

 
  • Posted by: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on June 2nd, 2013 at 08:41 pm

    You have what looks like really big planting beds there. How big are they? Is it getting warmer there to get the vegetation growing good? What do you have planted? That's one heck of a green lawn too. So, what's your temperature like right now there?

    So, wait, it seems like you're looking down-hill at some space on the side of a house next to the fence. Or, maybe I'm looking at it wrong, can you point out specifically which space is your new space please?
    I've uploaded some pics of some finished projects too tonight. Come check it out if you like and thanks!

    Gotta go!

 
  • Posted by: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on May 31st, 2013 at 08:42 am

    Just checking in to see what you've been up to? Any pics we can see yet of what you've got going on at your home? Thanks!

 
  • Posted by: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on May 16th, 2013 at 01:47 pm

    Hi! I wanted to thank you for the congrats on making Farmer of the Day today. I was actually surprised and excited. Good Luck on your new garden. It has taken me 3 years to get to a point where it looks like I will finally "successfully" grow real food to feed my family. I only grew alittle the second try. But, this season seems different. Oh, but others on this forum have successfully grown plenty of food their very first time!!

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on May 15th, 2013 at 05:00 am

    Congratulations on being farmer of the day. Hope your garden does well.

 
  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on May 14th, 2013 at 01:37 am

    Congrats to making Farmer of the Day!

 
  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on May 13th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Glad to see you got Farmer of the Day!

 
  • Posted by: Green Desert on May 13th, 2013 at 08:34 am

    Congratulations on being named Farmer of the Day! Love the raised beds, in my mind it's one of the two best ways to raise food.

 
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