Saturday, June 16, 2012

Making of the Garden

It is that time again to get all of the 3/4 acre garden going, some of which has already been planted and is producing, however today come with me on a tour of how we have to do things here in the mountains of Western NC.

Here in the mountains we just do not get much rain in the summer ( example, 8 yrs. of total drought, not a drop of rain all summer ) so I have to put in irrigation drip lines to water the things we plant.

I first must use a garden rake to smooth out the tilled up soil in an area of around 16 ft. wide, then use a very sharp hoe to dig a trench around 4" to 6" deep on either side of a 40" wide area, I then roll out a "Lay Flat" drip line down the middle and then roll out the garden plastic ( 5 ft. wide roll ) down the whole row stretching tight the plastic and covering the overhanging plastic in the trenches on either side and packing the dirt down to hold it in place.

I will put in a few photographs below to show the process.

The reason I use the plastic is twofold, keeps down weeds and keeps the soil moist from the watering and helps to keep it from drying out...also I can inject Mirical Grow directly through the drip lines to the plants.

We will start the "Garden Tour" with a photo of Sunrise over the garden in early morning..then progress from there.

As usual you may click on any photo to enlarge for a better view.

 Sunrise over the Garden in early morning

 Just after Sunrise..start of day

 One of our many garden friends..I noticed he had a fealer missing.

 The start of preperation..smoothing out the ground.

 All smoothed out and a 4" to 6" trench dug with a hoe
on either side of the 40" wide row, with drip line layed down the middle.

 Rolling out the plastic.

 Covering the plastic on each side and keeping it stretched tight.

Completed Row ( 150 ft. long )

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