Bear with me. This post has been updated a few times since June 2012. The goal was to keep track of what we plant in the garden AND to find a way to keep the dogs out of the garden.
Just about everything we planted (summer 2012) from seed came up – except the zucchini. Lesson learned? Don’t use use seeds that are two years old. Whatever.
That year I planted:
- Eggplant (4)
- Green Bell Peppers (6)
- Jalapeno Peppers (6)
- Swiss Chard
- Green Beans
- Acorn Squash
- Herbs (basil, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, garlic chives, chives)
- Fennel – this is our first year planting it – will keep you posted . . .
- Tomatoes (20 plants, a mix of heirloom and romas)
- Peas – for shoots and to eat!
- Potatoes – Red Pontiac & Kennebunk
The garden is about 16’x32′. We use mostly organic seeds and plants and shy away from pesticides. I don’t usually keep track of how much I spend to plant the garden but I did this year. My friend and I shared seeds and some plants. I only spent about $8 on seeds and another $30 on plants.
That’s a pretty small investment for the amount of fresh produce we’ll get from the garden. Our philosophy is to plant a lot of stuff but in smaller quantities or in short rows (about 8′). The exception is tomatoes. What we don’t eat fresh, we will freeze or use to make sauce.
In 2011 the garden produced until the middle of December – the broccoli just wouldn’t die!!!! I figured that from mid-July through October, the amount of produce we harvested saved us at least $25/week, if not more. Bonus? We know where our food is coming fun and it’s fun and easy.
This year we decided to put up a fence that we could easily take down before winter. Why? Because my brother-in-law, Paul, stops by a few times a week with his black lab who weighs about 80 lbs. so that our dogs can play. I’m hoping the fence keeps the two beasts out of my garden or we’ll be eating dog stew with our fresh veggies!!!
The fence took us about an hour to put up and was cheap and easy to do. You’ll need two 24″x 50′ rolls of chicken wire (about $5 apiece), a package of 24 – 4′ bamboo stakes (about $5), 6- 4′ metal stakes ($3 each). Just put a metal stake in each corner. Save the remaining two for the gate. Stretch the chicken wire around the garden and place bamboo stakes evenly around the perimeter. That’s it!
Fast forward. We successfully used the fence for four summers. We would take it down at the end of every summer, store it in the shed, clean it off in the spring and put it back up. At the end of last summer, the fence was pretty rusty. This summer we replaced the chicken wire.
We went with 36″, instead of 24″. We also moved the opening from the end to the side and figured out a better way to create a ‘gate’. Am not sure I like the taller fence yet because I can’t just step over the fence when I want to. I’ll know by the end of summer.
Either way I’m happy with this low tech, low cost fence solution.
We plant the same things pretty much every year. The straw in the pics is our potato patch. Next to that are tomatoes. We’ve also got garlic, cucumbers, onions, herbs, swiss chard, peas, lettuce, green beans, eggplant, broccoli, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, zucchini and butternut squash.
Don’t laugh but I planted pumpkins in my flower beds in front of the house! Can’t wait to see how that goes.
Contact me if you have any questions about how to put up this fence or if you have a garden question.