Ground To Plate
An Organic Adventure

The Garden - Year 2016... Click on any image below for a larger view
Early Start For 2016...

Preparations for 2016 began in the late fall of 2015... I had repositioned the First Hot House Lay Out "mini-hot house" to this location on the south end of the garden. This is the starting layout and location for it. The size and configuration of it will evolve as time goes on..

To the left of the future mini-hot house, are 2 extra large pots and 3 plastic milk crates. The pots were filled with soil. The crates were lined with straw and then filled with soil. I then planted garlic cloves (about an inch deep) in the pots and in the crates. These will all be moved elsewhere in the garden to make room for the expanding hot house to be built...

Just before the begining of this year, the garlic started sprouting, You can Garlic in Large Pots just see the little "spear heads" puncturing thru the soil. They may grow a bit more before the winter freeze sets in. At that time, they will go dormant until the spring thaw awakens them. A measure of protection for them would be to cover them up with starw or leaves that I collected from the neighborhood!

The next photo gives a better view of the garlic planters. It also shows a bit of progression with regards to the mini-hot house. Both the cinder blocks and Hot House Lay Out - Second Bale on Right the bales of straw will be used as shelving space to place the trays of started seeds (when the time comes). The purpose of the cinder blocks is not only to hold the trays, but to act as heat sinks as well. They will heat up during the warm spring days. They will then release that heat during the cooler spring nights. In this way, we can get a jump start on growing some of our crops like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and the like.

I also made some structural changes to the garden. Both the north and south Pit Bare extreme ends of the garden along the back of the fence were not as productive as I would have liked. I removed the cinder blocks from both ends and repositioned then in the area between the 2 portions where the mini- hot house had been for the last couple of years. I also removed the soil from those 2 areas and used them to fill the new "planter bed". I had enough cinder blocks to double stack them and create a really deep bed.

The next 2 photos show the progression of techniques I used to fill this Pit Vegitation new deep bed. I first of course put in a layer of soil that I confiscated from the former unproductive areas. I then filled it in with a deep layer of vegetation and dead matter that I garnered from the spent remanents of the garden. The purpose of this is to create organic matter (and compost) within the soil of the bed. I then completed it by filling it in with the remaining soil from the former areas. The height of the soil will lower as the vegetation beneath it decomposes. But, that's ok.

Pit Filled I haven't decided yet what to grow in this new bed. The thought occured to me that since this bed is so soft and deep, that I could and should grow some root crops in there. The thought of carrots or turnups crossed my mind.

The size (43" x 58") and configuration of this bed, with all the surrounding cinder block holes which are available lends itself to the possibility of drapping a plastic sheet over it and truning it into a mini-hot house. This certainly warrants experimentation.

And speaking of the cinder block holes. Those can be filled in with soil to help the structural stability as well as allow the planting of some beneficial polinato friendly flowers (or perhaps even herbs).

Revised: 1/20/2016 10:18:11 PM