Lucy Lou’s Zen Garden

LUCY LOU’S ZEN GARDEN

This year we decided to turn Lucy Lou’s kennel into a Zen Garden for her. We constructed a gateway entering her area using old wood fencing rescued from going to the landfill and various perennials that we had collected over the years.

OLD WOOD FENCING RESCUED

We landscaped the entrance with subtropical plants (banana plants, canna lilies, Chinese Fan Palms, daylilies, zebra grasses, elephant ears, Texas Star hibiscuses, gladioli).

PERENNIALS WE HAD COLLECTED

By the end of summer, her garden will be in full growth; however, most of the perennials are cut back to ground level and covered with pine needles by winter.

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Gaia Showed Us Favor

THE SEASON HAS BEEN HIGHLY CONDUCIVE FOR GROWING LEAF VEGETABLES

At the risk of getting off to a late start this season, we waited until the end of March to plant our leaf vegetables (kale, Swiss chard, collards). Fortunately, Gaia showed us favor, and the season has been highly conducive for growing leaf vegetables here at the Veggie-Bed.

GAIA SHOWED US FAVOR

Greens are high-yielding vegetables that grow well in a small area. We have picked a flat of greens every three days during the last six weeks.

CHOPPED, WASHED, BLANCHED, AND STORED

The greens are chopped, washed, blanched, and stored in the freezer for later use.

LATER USE

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Pullin’ Weeds –

WEED AND PEST FREE

With the rain comes the weeds. We had busy Monday morning pullin’ weeds here at the Veggie-Bed 🌱

PLENTY OF ROOM TO GROW
PLANTING SECTIONS ROTATED YEARLY

“Garden clean ups can prevent pests, weed seed and diseases from overwintering and prevents problems when temperatures are warm.” (https://extension.umn.edu/)

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Vegetables Are Rotated Seasonally

NO-TILL, RAISED-ROW, ORGANIC GARDEN

“Crop rotation was practiced by farmers in ancient Rome, Greece and China. Ancient Middle Eastern Farmers rotated crops as early as 6000 BC. Crop rotations improve soil tilth, reduce pest, weed and disease pressure and increase biodiversity on the farm.” (bioneers.org)

Over ten years in the making, the Veggie-Bed is a no-till, raised-row, organic garden in which the vegetables are rotated seasonally.

YEARLY CROP ROTATION

Located in the suburbs of the Western Branch area, the property is only 3/4 of an acre, and we use approximately 450 square feet in the backyard. The garden is section-off into two 20 by 10-foot gardens. Each section is divided into two ten by 10-foot plots where vegetables are grown according to their type (root, leaf, legumes, fruit).

VEGGIE-BED LAYOUT

Concentrating on quality and not quantity, we give each plant plenty of room to grow and increase its yield.

QUALITY NOT QUANTITY

We mix organic compost from our compost pile into each row during the winter months.

AMENDED WITH ORGANIC COMPOST

No fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides are used in the gardens.

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A Late Start

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In this small section of young leaf-vegetables, they enjoy the rain and mild temperatures. Getting off to a late start this season, these leaf-vegetables should reach maturity in several weeks.

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Garden Candy

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Planted back in March, these young sugar snaps have survived the extreme weather fluctuations here this spring. Sugar snaps have a sweet, edible pod and are referred to as ‘garden candy’.

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