Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The mother of all vegetable beds

In our first year here (2007), we added several vegetable beds made with landscaping timbers. They held up fairly well until last year, that's when they started rotting. We're trying to get away from using so much wood in the garden (termites are a problem in the south) and decided on cinder blocks for the bed. There were 3 beds that we wanted to replace, and at first we thought we would just turn them into 2 larger ones. Well, that turned into one very large bed! Since there is a slope on that side of the garden, we also decided to just make the bed about 2 feet wider.
In unserem ersten Jahr hier (2007), haben wir angefangen Beete mit Holzumrandung zu bauen. Die ersten paar Jahre haben sie gut gehalten, aber dann wurde das Holz morsch. Da wir hier im Sueden oft Termiten haben, haben wir beschlossen die neue Umrandung aus Stein zu machen, anstatt Holz. Es waren 3 Beete die wir erneuern wollten, und eigentlich war gedacht sie in zwei groessere Beete zu teilen. Dann haben wir aber beschlossen einfach ein ganz grosses Beet zu machen - laenger und breiter!




 Here is the new and improved bed. It is ginormous!! 25 1/2 feet long and 5 1/2 feet wide to be exact. We were going to get soil and manure ourselves, but we would have had to make countless trips. Instead we went to our local feed store and ordered a truckload to be delivered. It should be here sometime next week and that's when we get to fill up the bed. Anybody want to come help?? ;-)
Hier ist das neue, bessere Beet. Es ist riesig - fast 8 Meter lang und fast 2 Meter breit! Eigentlich wollten wir die Erde um es aufzufuellen selber holen, aber wir haetten zig mal hin und her fahren muessen. Anstatt dessen sind wir zu unserem "feed store" (ein Laden fuer landwirtschaftlichen Bedarf) und haben eine Ladung bestellt. Wenn alles klappt wird sie naechste Woche geliefert und wir muessen sie dann "nur" in das Beet schaufeln. Moechte jemand kommen um uns zu helfen?? ;-)

15 comments:

  1. It's going to be a fabulous garden Anke. I have always wanted to have boxes built and placed in the field for my garden, but the fear of termites have always stopped me. The little buggers managed to make a home in a stack of fire wood already so I don't want to spend the money on lumber just to have them destroy it.

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    1. We've had the same happen and they are the reason that some of the landscaping timbers were in such bad shape. Time to get rid of the wood!

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  2. Can't wait to see that filled up and growing! Looks fantastic......you'll get many good years use out of it.

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    1. I am so excited about it Sue! We have several more to replace, but this one took a big bite out of the budget due to it's size. We'll get to the rest this fall and next spring. :-)

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  3. hallo anke,
    euer neues beet sieht toll aus.bin schon gespannt was du dort alles anbauen wirst. ich wünschte,ich hätte so eine großes beet.
    viel spass mit dem beet und einen schönen sonntag wünscht dir regina

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    1. Dankeschoen Regina. Ich freu mich schon auf's garteln. ;-)

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  4. Wow! Now that is going to be a great garden!

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    1. Let's hope so! Hopefully mother nature will do her part!

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  5. Oh, what a wonderful garden you are going to have - so much room to grow things! It looks really nice!

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    1. Thank you! I'm really looking forward to the extra space. :-)

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  6. holy cow! that is new and improved! I wish you so many vegetables you don't know what to do with them :)

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    1. No such thing as too many vegetables. ;-)

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  7. Ha!!!! No thank you. :) You need some teenaged boys…thats what we did when our good dirt came to us. This is going to be so much fun for you. (after the dirt is in place!) What a biggie!!!

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    1. What if I "pay" you in food and wine??? ;-)

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  8. What a giant undertaking...but since I've seen the finished project, I know it was nothing you and Greg couldn't handle! You two are an amazing team!

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