My Maine 1/4 Acre Gardens
It’s tour time. It is my goal to show you how much you can grow in a small plot (my property is less than 1/4 acre in Maine) and teach you some great gardening tips and tricks along the way. My garden isn’t perfect. The weeds are ahead of me and the heat is making the plants limp, but gardens aren’t meant to be “perfect”. They are meant to be fun and feed your family.
Check out the video tour of my garden. The links mentioned in the video are provided below, as well as a list of all the plants located in my herbal spiral. As mentioned in the closing of the video, if you ever have any gardening questions, feel free to contact me here on The 104 Homestead or find me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
There are so many things I love about the new garden setup. Primarily it is the vast quantity of food I am able to grow. I am excited to see how the tomatoes perform, thus ending the debate (for myself at least) what is better: trellis vs. cage, suckers vs. no suckers. At the end of the season I plan to assess how each plant performed in its location and move things accordingly. You can follow this years performance by checking out the plant list in the sidebar. I hope to provide weights for harvest when the time comes.
Links to Mentioned Posts
Tips to Clean Tires
Backwoods Home Magazine has a great article on the safety of using tires in the vegetable garden. Despite them being deemed safe by several sources, I think it is wise to clean your tires with a natural degreaser if only to get road “gunk” off of them prior to planting. Here is the degreaser formula I use in my home.
2 c. Warm Water
2 tbsp. White Vinegar
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Dawn Detergent
Mix all of your ingredients except the water in a large spray bottle.
It will fizz like mad, so let it sit WITH THE TOP OFF for a few
minutes until the fizzing subsides. Add the water and “swish” until
the baking powder has dissolved.
For cleaning tires (or other tough items like the BBQ grill), spray
and then let it sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing or wiping with
a clean rag.
Herbal Spiral Plants
I would absolutely love it if you all would visit Homespun Seasonal Living. The author is that amazing friend I was telling you about who provided me with the Cherokee Trail of Tears beans.
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