View from the bottom of the garden

This is my urban back yard, as viewed from the back fence looking towards the house.  See if you can spot:

  • Two sparse beds of strawberries trying to re-establish themselves
  • The curly water hose that I used to wet the fast compost pile
  • My cold frame, which has seemed unnecessary this year as we stopped getting freezing temps 6 weeks early
  • The row of peas that will grow up the barn-red tree house trellis
  • My messy back porch that I will tackle as soon as I get the garage cleaned up this weekend.

The yard slopes down to the south, with a creek beyond my back fence.  Most of the garden is between 4 and 8 feet below the level of the house, so I would have great water pressure if I set up rain barrels. They’re just so expensive!  I need to make DIY rain barrels!

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6 responses to this post.

  1. I sense a project coming up… keep us posted. :D

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  2. I recognize the strawberries. I have the same small sweet ones. You are ahead of us. We still had a frost warning. Veggies are big in the basement!

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    • I found a couple flowers in one of my “June-bearing” strawberry patches today! I’ve been doing so much early season stuff outside that I’m very much neglecting the seedings in the basement!

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  3. Posted by Ashley on April 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Here’s an idea for a DIY rain barrel. Contact a car wash facility and see if you can have (or purchase for $15 like I did) a large 55 gallon drum. They seemed confused when I called, but less confused once we were face to face. These drums contain either soaps and chemicals…I chose the soap barrel thinking any residue I missed while cleaning wouldn’t hurt as much as a chemical. Then simply purchase the hardware to set up a hose and collect water. I painted mine with a spray paint designed for plastics so that it didn’t look like clutter in the back yard. Then I googled rain barrels to decide exactly how I wanted to install the hardware. I also used the same type of drum to make a rotating compost bin.

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