Step 1: First Things First
Step 2: Adding a Little Style to the Project
Step 3: Black Gold
Step 4: The Top Layer
Step 5: Cover Charge
Step 6: The Finished Product
After I got done with the plantings, I again decided that I needed something else. I decided that some cedar mulch would do just the trick. I invested in a bag, which gave me more than what I needed. it was on sale at menards for 2.49. so the investment was minimal. Although it does add that finishing touch, it will also give a hand to the weed barrier in stopping weeds from coming up, and will also help to hold in moisture, making watering less frequent. I planted 22 Roma tomato plants in here, and although they are a little tight in spacing, I think they will be ok. I was originally going to make this a salsa garden, planting tomatoes, peppers, onions, and some type of hot pepper, but time was not on my side, as I started these plants inside in late march, and they were growing so fast in my containers, that I needed to find them a home quick. so here they are. And this is my version of a keyhole garden. simple yet functional and on the cheap with not a whole lot of time or money invested. not to mention it does add a little bit of something to the yard.
Step 7: Frosty Morning
just an update: We have a frost/freeze warning for tonight and I used a section of cow panel and some leftover thin plastic I used to winterize our windows in the house. It took about five minutes to get this covered up. everything survived and all is well.
Step 8: Winter Guest
This is just an update on this project. The Tomato plants that I grew last year turned out really great. I don't have any pics of them because I had stored them on my laptop and it crashed bad and lost everything. lesson learned not to do that again. I now have a flash drive :) Anyway, I had a few Hasta plants and I had dug them up last fall and divided them up and put them in here to overwinter, then this spring when they all came up, I dug them out and gave about half away to family and the rest I replanted as edging around part of the garden. Here is what they looked like as they awakened after a long and harsh winter.
Step 9: This Years Crop 2014
After digging up all the Hasta's the bed was ready for this years new tenants, Sweet corn! I started all of my seed in a small greenhouse that I put together this spring. I'm going to do an instructable on how I did that in the very near future. I had no problems whatsoever last year. Very little maintenance as far as weeds were concerned, by putting down a weed barrier along with some mulch, I really didn't have to do a whole lot except for the occasional weed that would pop up through were the hole was for the plant, and really just watered about once or twice a week lightly just to keep the soil from drying out. Also I didn't have any real issues with grass or weeds coming up in and around the cinder blocks, what little that did manage to the weed whacker took care of that easily. I'll post pics throughout the growing season so we can see how the sweet corn does this summer.
Step 10: So Far..
Pic taken on 6/26 sweet corn is doing well