Observations on nature and gardening from an Carolina wildlife gardener
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Productive raised beds
mid-June, 2012, WNC
My raised beds in the mountains have been amazing. Filled with commercial compost, topped up with bags of mushroom compost, and enriched with Espoma organic slow-release fertilizer, they've continued to produce. This spring, it was greens, snow peas, sugar snap peas, and lettuce. I'm harvesting beets and leeks now, along with greens (uh, you see that Tuscan kale plant in the center of the photograph!)
raised beds in the mountains
But tomatoes are coming along nicely, along with squash plants and beans. Soon, there will be a switch in our 'local food' diet. It'll be welcome, too.
Our gardens (in the piedmont of SC and the mountains of NC) are increasingly home to native plants, birds, small mammals, and insects of all sorts. My gardening companion (my husband) is equally the gardener in our gardens. Woody, our rescue Golden, is now putting his own stamp on our gardens. He follows his previous fellow goldens (and my former gardening assistants): Mocha and Chessie. They bring life to our gardens.
I reduce the sizes of most images, but they're still bigger than what's seen on the blog (click to enlarge!)
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