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The Middle Earth Garden starts to take new form.Posted Saturday, October 8, 2011, at 11:41 AM
The NEW Middle Earth Garden paths/cold-frames?
Four to five weeks pass and I now have one large, lush garden of morning glories, numerous annoying grasses, Squash, several types of Bok Choy and dill. That is what I have found so far.
I used to have railroad ties in neatly defined beds but when I had to re-till after 4-5 years I had to move those darn ties and I decided to not put them back. Instead I am making narrower beds(36"+-) and angling them to the lay of the hill.
The walking paths will be more numerous but they will be filled in with wood chips exclusively so the roots of plants planted near the edge can grow into the chips, should they take a liking to them.
I used to have wider beds, reducing the walking paths to increase the growing space, but being more hospitable to plant roots in the wood chips will probably give me as much growing space, if not more.
AND, when I feel the need to till again, I will be tilling composted wood chips and not having to move my garden walls to make way for the tiller. That took me down this summer and I don't think I need to do that anymore.
I have all kinds of plans for the smaller beds. I think I regained the gardening fever! Yeah!!
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. 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.
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