Horse Trough Garden 2015

DSCN5501This garden is considered a nursery garden in the spring, an extender in the fall and producer in the summer..  last year, we did three different plantings in this big metal raised bed.. it was looking kinda sorry this spring..

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It started out as a manure hotbed, and over the past three years has composted its way down over two feet!, so it needed to be cleaned out, weeded, turned, a light sprinkle of hard wood ash added and a full wheel barrel plus load of two year old well turned and composted Pig-cow poo..  So far, its just planted out into green onions and radish at the moment, but this weekend I will add more 🙂

I have one more that does not hold water, that I need to turn into a grow out bed, I was thinking maybe carrots, or try and see just how big fodder beets will grow if they have three feet of clear grow room..

I am unsure how many feet are in the wheel barrel but it filled it by a solid foot when I was done.. This is not the mix, this was soil and it was full, as in heaped, you will see the color difference to the pig-cow compost..

Spring has hit the farm full force, the camera is with me and I have been busy off the farm as well, my head hits the pillow and I am out..

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One Response to Horse Trough Garden 2015

  1. Sheri says:

    Last year I salvaged a ton of deck cedar from a job and talked my neighbor into doing raised beds for his wife. She wanted to grow veggies but had to rent a raised bed at the in-town community garden. Her husband complained all last year about it and the money she poured into this rented bed plus the time and gas to go each day to it. We’re helping them just a bit to get the beds all assembled right now and he’s so proud of himself! I would do all these trough beds in my backyard if I could, really saves the lower back! Another thing, re-think those unwanted garbage cans. There great to set in-ground a bit and plant potatoes in the bottom. Throw some soil on top then add compost all summer. Turn over in the fall and harvest those taters! I leave some compost piles over the winter and the heat from the compost keeps the taters alive and growing. Not so sure about your area but it would be worth a try to maybe have some early season taters. I just turned a compost pile from last fall onto a growing bed and had about 5 pounds of taters at the bottom.

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