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Anyone started their garden plan for next year?

Posted Friday, November 23, 2007, at 7:42 AM

I know, I know, some may not have even put their's to bed for the winter yet. With a little protection you could still be harvesting cool weather crops and flowers.

We grew a few things in containers this year to reduce the water consumption and moved an eggplant in to the greenhouse to see what will happen, but for the most part, our garden is done.

With the water shortage, we never had much of one anyway, but there is always next year and I am just about ready to start! I have been planning a serious effort to collect roof run-off and after last year, I should have enough motivation. Of course, that is assuming we get the rain.

Over the years I have developed in to a raised bed gardener and as the years progress I tend to dislike bending over as in the past. Anyone out there want to share their thoughts and tips on their raised beds? I'll be happy to post your pictures.

So far I have used railroad ties, landscape timber and occasionally rock walls, but they all seem to fall apart eventually and I have to re-work them. I have always fancied cinder block, but always had an aesthetic tug of war.

This year I have some new ideas on how to dress them up so I think it is time to give it a go.

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.