Happy New Year to all the Organic Gardeners. I'm getting ready to start "building" my raised outdoor garden. I have bags of manure, potting soil, Miracle Grow for vegetables, and treated wood for the four sides. My plan is to make it 12' x 20', on the west side of the house where the sun shines from early morning until 5:00 pm. I want to divide the garden into sections for sweet potatoes, squash, beans, peas, herbs, and more herbs. We live twenty-feet from a natural preserve, so I need to keep in mind the many birds that fly over our yard. We have a ten foot privacy wall between our yard and the preserve (or we would have many four-legged critters visiting). I would like suggestions on other vegetables. Living on the west coast of Florida affords us more than one planting season. Thanks everyone
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Fitness Minutes: (59,597) Posts: 3,911 12/3/12 4:00 P
Russell, what about some runner beans, and have the girls help you plant them?
I'm thinking of the girls and the beanstalk, if you planted them in the ground. I bet they'd work to protect them, if they had a hand in planting them. Then you could read them the story unless they've already worn it out.
The main reason I need it to cascade down instead of using hte pole to climb is because it is in an area where my daughters play so if there is a planter at the bottom they will tear up the dirt but in the air the planter will have a fighting chance. lol
Fitness Minutes: (59,597) Posts: 3,911 12/1/12 9:20 P
Russell, what about a native vine for your area? I like the idea of a vine cascading down over the old satellite platform like a waterfall. It should be able to handle whatever weather your zone throws at it.
With the hardy kiwi idea, instead of putting a planting box on top of the pole, you could use it as a base for a trellis and let the kiwis grow up it. You might have to add a little to it to add the vines in climbing the pole.
Zone 7 has more options than my zone 5! In addition to other suggestions, which are excellent ideas I'd suggest Kiwis. there are some that are varigated and you'll have a decorative perennial vine and edible fruit .
Sweet potatoes do cascade and would look lovely in that (they do sell ornamental sweet potato vines for decorative planters, but the roots - though edible - wouldn't taste as good as the ones grown for food). You would have to have enough room in the planter for the tubers to grow. Other than that, you could try some vining crops like cucumbers and squash (these are heavy feeders so you have to make sure you have plenty of compost in the planters to start with, and to continue to feed them throughout the season. You can top dress the container with more compost If there isn't room in the planter for any more soil, then you can make a compost "tea" by soaking the compost in water for a day or more, then pouring off the water and using it to feed the plants. I also save my egg cooking water (from hard boiled eggs) and use that instead of plain water to water my planters - adds plenty of minerals. Strawberries will send out runners which you can just allow to grow off the sides. In winter it would be best to move the planter to a sheltered spot of the garden or flower beds and cover it with straw, so the plants aren't harmed by the cold. In the spring you can move it back.
I have a 5 ft high pool with an old satelite dish on it that I am gonna take off and ther ewill be a little platform left at the top of it. I was thinking of Making a planter to place on the top of it, maybe one that will cascade over the side. What vegetable or fruit plant would you recommend? Thank you.
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