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Sq Ft Garden Newburgh, IN

Post  steve638 on 1/18/2015, 9:50 am

I followed the instructions from the book for the most part.  Have been taking notes and tweaking my garden.  I plan to scale it so I can provide fresh produce for the family as much as possible.  I'll update the thread with pics as time goes on to show what changes are being made. Most importantly to ask for help!

August 2014 - There's lettuce, carrots, pea's(that never took off) Squash.

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Sep 2014 - Everything is growing out, added a few sunflowers late in the season.




Oct 2014 - The squash plants, were productive till they were killed off by some bugs I couldn't identify.  We did get some good squashes though.  Harvested the lettuce as well.




Jan 2015 - Followed the instructions for the hoop house, learned to cut the PVC from 10' to 8' and use a single sheet of plastic.  The pic shows the PVC at 10' length. My garden has been assaulted by a rabbit a few times this winter so I'll be installing wire with electric tape on top so it doesn't cut the plastic and see how that works.  We did get a good cut of lettuce from it though.  The carrot tops were eaten to many times to be productive.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/18/2015, 1:28 pm

Looks great, Steve!  And I see you've got plenty of room to expand.  AND a nice FLAT yard - lucky you!
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Re: Sq Ft Garden Newburgh, IN

Post  Kelejan on 1/18/2015, 2:18 pm

It is good to start small, Steve, that means no really expensive mistakes. I hope you continue growing this coming year.  How much sunshine do you get?
I started with two beds and now I am hooked. Can't wait for spring.
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Post  sanderson on 1/18/2015, 2:25 pm

Looking good I love how you have lots of room for expansion and a composting area.
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Post  steve638 on 1/19/2015, 8:55 am

@Kelejan wrote:It is good to start small, Steve, that means no really expensive mistakes. I hope you continue growing this coming year.  How much sunshine do you get?
I started with two beds and now I am hooked. Can't wait for spring.

This first year was to work on a system to learn about the plants.  This year I'm going to increase to two plots.  I have a journal and take notes.  I also track the time frames in an excel spread sheet.  This year I'm also going to try potatoes, a 4 x 4 with fresh cut flowers for my wife.  Johnny Select Seeds sells kit's or combo's for this. I'll line the fence with mammoth Sunflowers to attract bees and there may some bamboo trellises with morning glories.  I'd also like to branch out into herb and tea's as well eventually. I started small for the expensive mistake reasons, lol. Thank's for comments.  

One challenge is bug control which are eating the plants.  The sunflowers seem to help with controlling it.
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Post  steve638 on 1/19/2015, 9:21 am

Just some small updates, I purchased 9' x 12' 3 mil clear plastic and taped two together to cover a 4' x 4' as seen. It lasted into January then the duct taped failed.  So I separated the two sheets and have it down to 1 sheet of plastic.  The PVC pipe has been reduced from 10' to 7' lengths.  I took 1' at a time off. So I have 1' pvc post to do something with I haven't decided yet. 

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The before without cover:



Today I have some more adjustments to make, I'll be adding the wire around each corner to prohibit the rabbit from getting back in there.
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FOUND A MOLE, HOW DO I KEEP THIS OUT?

Post  steve638 on 1/19/2015, 5:40 pm

In addition to the rabbits, I found a mole in my Garden eating my plants.  Any suggestions to keep them out?  Obviously, this one didn't make it.



I put the rabbit fencing up and lined the edges with electric tape, I may use a a different insulation if this doesn't work. 



Here's what the finished product looks like. 



Thanks for reading. 

Sincerely, 

Stephen Rager
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Re: Sq Ft Garden Newburgh, IN

Post  Kelejan on 1/21/2015, 3:54 pm

With regard to the hoop and cover, Steve, mine looks like your first effort, the before picture.  I did not get to rectify mine before the snow came. So I am not going to take a picture of it. Very Happy
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