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As I’m writing this my in-laws are working diligently to get our family garden up and ready for the season. Every year my MIL changes the design and layout of her garden. It’s always unlike any other garden you may see anywhere else. I can’t wait until she is done with it and I can take pictures of the finished product and I can share them with you. Last year her garden was like a little haven. This year it is starting to look like a work of art.
Arranging Your Garden
I’ve always wondered about why she arranges her garden the way she does. Like there is a method to my madness when I do things, there’s a method to her gardening styles. She has started using buckets, cut in half barrels with swimming noodles, and the plastic containers (hint: We sell these in big batches), and she has stands set up for her lettuce too.
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Hints for the Most Growth
She uses the small totes we have and puts the strawberries in little cloth bags filled with fertilizer and potting soil. Then she places straw around the bags to keep them up. She stated, “It’s very important to NOT bury the crowns! If you bury the crowns you’ll kill the strawberries.”
She placed them in layers as you see in the picture for ease of access, but also so the planters have plenty of room to grow downward. She has thriving delicious strawberries every year so I am not going to argue with her logic.
Sweet Potatoes and Cucumbers
She has taken plastic barrels and cut them in half and then covered the edges with swimming noodles to keep the plants from getting cut. She put them high up on plastic pallets so that they have plenty of room to grown downward. Here I thought she was just adding a mixture to the look layout and putting them up high enough that she wouldn’t have to bend over as much. Little did I know, that she was giving her plants plenty of room to grow and access to the sun more.
Bell Peppers and Tomatoes
She’s trying out a new concept this year. We’re using buckets with holes in them and having the roots buried at the bottom of them. She then places all of the buckets inside a pool filled with water. This way she doesn’t have to water her plants as often and the plant should still receive plenty of nourishment.
The trick to lettuce is to have it up closer to the sun. She put them in planters and still has to put straw around the base of the plant to ensure the lettuce stays off the dirt. Plus it keeps insects from destroying the lettuce too. If lettuce touches dirt it starts to rot faster.
Hint: If you plant marigold plants into your garden you will have your insects go to it versus destroying your garden.
Decorating Your Garden
LTD Commodities has many items on their website that are only going to enhance her garden when they come. These are going to make some really neat Mother’s Day gifts for her. I can’t reveal some of the things I have in mind yet because she’s going to read this post too. However, by the time they arrive her garden will be done and I can showcase everything.
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