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Veggies from Guantanamo

Sunday, June 14, 2009

My DH and I joke that we've built our own version of Guantanamo. But instead of keeping prisoners IN, we're attempting to keep the wildlife OUT.

Our personal Guantanamo is a raised vegetable garden fully enclosed with wire mesh fencing. Since we're planting and nurturing these veggies, we also wanted the opportunity to eat them ourselves instead of growing them as food for area squirrels, rabbits and whatnot. Our structure has removable side panels so we can get in to weed, water and pick. It's our own derivative of the "square foot gardening" method and was a lot of work to build. We hope it'll be worth it in the end. It's already getting fun now that the heavy lifting is over.

We're growing tomatoes (several varieties), peppers (several varieties of those too), peas, beans, strawberries, pumpkins, watermelon, basil, cilantro, radishes, onions, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce (3 types), spinach --- a true assortment. We hope to be eating healthy from our very own backyard!

The radishes and lettuce are first up. I'm planning a salad tomorrow night. How exciting!

This photo was taken a few weeks ago. I'll update it soon.
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  • v LINDA!
    Awesome garden....
    2626 days ago
  • v PITAKELLY13
    I've been wondering how to keep my dogs from digging up my garden! I'll let them out of the kennel and the veggies in!

    Bet the salad was DELISH!

    I did a blog about gardening too!
    2626 days ago
  • v BEVERLYJEANNE
    What a fantastic garden! Thanks for the great pictures. You work will be well rewarded with a great crop of healthy food.
    I love growing my own things but only have squash and tomatoes this year.
    You know gardening is very good exercise too!

    Nice to hear from some new people and know that there are still some of us still interested and active on thie team!
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    2626 days ago
  • v SWEETZMIX
    That is very cool!! Hope you get to enjoy all the fruits and veggies of you labor :)
    2626 days ago
  • v DIET_NO_MORE
    I saw in the huddle this morning that you actually grew yourself a salad there in Guantanamo (love your garden's name - lol!)! What a clever, foolproof way to keep out the critters - thanks for sharing those pictures with us. Veggies are my favorite fruit, and I do love the bumper crop you've planted for this year! Everything I love is coming up in your garden. Enjoy it in the best of health (which it virtually ensures!)...and emoticon on your wonderful weight loss! - Susan
    2627 days ago
  • v KATHYI2011
    Your garden looks wonderful. My husband has a raised bed garden plots in our backyard. This year, I'm learning to cook. This weekend we are going to his parent's house and we're going to make gooseberry jam.

    Anyway, have fun with your garden and the good nutrition it provides.

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    2627 days ago
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