Sunday, July 06, 2008

Dirty Tales from the Garden IV

Let's just call this one "cow poop"...

Hubby and I have been wanting to build planter boxes for a few years now. We actually have a really cool design drawn up that uses timbers and paving tiles to make a box about 18" high with a flat "shelf" around it, but it is too cost prohibitive for us to build those in the volume we would like to really be able to garden.

I mean - I would need one for the rhubarb alone, one for the asparagus bed I hope to start, and one for the garlic, onions and chives -and that does not include any of the annual plants like peppers, squash, tomatoes and the like.

So this year we took advantage of an offer of some free recycled landscape timbers, and some leftover timbers that we had from another project ("The Tree Story" will come later), and built some more modest, but truly functional, planter beds.

The Munchkin was helping as we filled them with topsoil, peat moss, and ... "cow poop"
He's been watching videos about farms and animals and "cow poop" and got very excited over this!

We're up to a total of 6 beds now - and 6 bags of cow poop. The Munchkin is in cow poop heaven. Now to just see how his carrots and "ungrens" (onions) grow...

Watch for growth updates.

NOTE: responding to comments - these boxes do not have bottoms in them. We have good ground soil under them, so I left them open so roots could go deep. We also do not have a problem with gophers, the lone woodchuck was "relocated" far far out of town, and the chippies and squirrels don't go under...they just go for the easy stuff on top. Wait till they decide to try the Scotch Bonnet and JalapeƱo peppers!!! Bwaa Haaa Haaa...

2 comments:

Sandra said...

ROTFL the cow poop will certainly help the ungrens grow!! Great planter beds - freecycle is a great resource :)

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Do you put bottoms on the boxes? I think next year we are going to try some vegetables but I'm wondering if the gophers will steal them all.