I bought mine from Survivalistseeds A google search will take you to Big Johns website.
Step 1: Prepare for Planting
Do your research, You're growing Heirloom seeds now, You have a moral responsibility to grow your garden as organically and chemical free as you possibly can. I have to explain my soil preparation and amending technique since I began before joining the instructables community: Step 1: break up the soil. I used a spring tooth cultivator on a tractor to do this. This guarantees that you can use a rotary tiller to break it up to a useful depth, Not necessary, But very convenient. Step 2: Tilling. You want to till the soil as deeply as you can, this helps turn the grasses and weeds on top of the soil underneath. the rotting greenery provides nutrients for your vegetables. you're going to want to till the soil several times, that way the grasses are sure to die. I tilled once every 2 days for a week.
Step 3: Add fertilizer. Remember when I said "you have a moral obligation to grow these vegetables as organically as possible"? This is the time to start. My fertilizer comes in the form of composted chicken and horse manure. I add about 50 pounds every 100 square feet. Think 100 pounds per wheelbarrow load. That's actually being generous since my wheelbarrow holds 160 pounds. I just got tired of weighing the manure. Step 4: Till it again. You want to mix the manure in as well as you can, this ensures even distribution of the nutrients.
Step 2: Ready to Plant
You also need to know how deep to plant your seeds and the spacing between them. Again with the handy little gauge. it tells me, how deep they need to be, what spacing, and what type of row that would be best for them (i.e. hills, raised rows)
Step 3: Raised Rows
Step 4: Tomatoes.
Keep checking back on this instructable! I'll be posting more and more as the weeks go by!
Step 5: Sprouting.
ALRIGHT!!! First plants can be seen peeking above the soil!!!
We really have to be aware of the garden for the next few weeks, the rabbits and crows will be happy to help themselves to your vegetables and we just can't have that.
How do we protect our vegetables??!?
Crows- Scarecrow is the old standby for this and PVC is a good way to do this. Why? PVC will be weather and bug resistant, Strong, cheap, And you can use it again next year!!
Rabbits- A short fence should keep these pesky little guys from munching on your vegetables, 2 - 4 feet is plenty.
Deer- Skittish and shy we have tied our outside dog Molly close by and that works quite well, Don't have a dog? CD's tied on a string usually do the trick.
Step 6: Berries.
Step 7: Manure.
Chickens are also great producers! You can have around 10 pounds of excellent high nitrogen chicken manure every week with only 6 chickens! Scoop it up, compost it and that's even more fertilizer!!!
What does this and the berries have to do with heirloom gardening? EVERYTHING! The berry trees make berries the whole time your garden grows, the chickens and horses produce better fertilizer than you could ever buy and YOU benefit from every bit of it. Berries for jam to accompany your crop of vegetables, Manure to keep those crops healthy and strong and heirloom vegetables to produce food and seeds for next years crop!!
Keep coming back! Tomorrow, we're making a PVC banging pot scare crow!
Step 8: PVC Scarecrow
You'll need a way to prevent the wildlife from eating your vegetables, and a scarecrow is a cheap and easy way to do it. I made this one from PVC so that,
A: I can use it next year.
B: the flexibility of PVC will help it make more noise.
And C: it's light, that means at the end of the year my wife can easily move it if I am not around.
Step 9: Tomatoes. Again.
When you've done that you should drive some stakes down into the ground around the cage. This gives additional support for the cage so that it can stand heavier winds. I've only staked two sides of the cage, but if I find some more suitable staking material, then four stakes will be MUCH more secure.