Tired of endless political speeches and ceremonies? Then welcome to the 2009 Garden Thread, where the only type of bushes we talk about are the kind you plant in the ground. Here we share gardening information, photographs, stories of successes/failures, tips, and ask questions about gardening related topics.
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Let’s start this year’s thread out with a focus on things to construct. Several weeks ago an avid reader of last years’ garden thread sent me this link on how to construct a small greenhouse/coldframe….for about $20!!
You really should check this out, it’s quite ingenious. I will be constructing one to use in Maister gardens this spring to get the cool weather vegetables off to an early start. I may also set up a raised bed garden this year, but that will depend somewhat on how much free time I can muster. Last year a few Cyburbians mentioned they’d constructed raised beds. Could somehow share how they made theirs and how well/long they’ve held up? Does anyone have a particularly clever compost bin design? How about vertical supports you might use for peas, beans, squash, or tomatoes?
This thread starts in January because that’s the traditional off-season for gardening (in the northern hemisphere) and it’s the best time for making garden layout plans for the springtime. Folks like myself who live in live in colder climates (zone 5) won’t have much to do except dream/plot/plan for a while but for those living in warmer climates indoor seed starting can commence in just a couple of weeks. Let’s hear what this lot of conniving planners have in mind for the coming year!