Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Aaaaaaand....We're back.

The past week or so has been pretty hectic to say the least. We are finally getting settled into our new home, though still not completely unpacked. Last week, I made a trip to Dodge Grain in Salem, New Hampshire to load up on materials for our new garden. Among my many purchases was 100 feet of 2" by 4" mesh wire fencing, 20 4' metal stakes, some sleak gardening gloves and huge bags of lime, rock phosphate and greensand. I also picked up a bag of blood meal, which is not only a good source of added nitrogen but also deters deer and rabbits. That being said, I think I'll try to limit my use of blood meal in factor of something a bit less "icky", like say alfalfa meal.

Last week was spent dismantling the prior owner's garden fencing and clearing about 100 square feet of brush (which still needs to be chipped and composted). I also stopped by Home Depot to have materials cut to built a simple garden door (I still haven't quite figured out in my head how it will come together). This week, I would like to have the garden plot rototilled, the fence put up, the soil amended and (hopefully) some of my seedlings planted out. One big decision left to consider is whether or not to build wood frames for the raised beds...I'm on the fence with this one.

P.S. Pics when we get our internet connection up and running!


  1. I can't wait to see pictures!

  2. Wow! You have gotten right to it! You asked me what zone I'm in when I mentioned still hopes for fall plantings. According to your link, I'm in zone 8,but quite different than the zone 8 that runs through the south. Our winters are usually somewhat mild, but our summers are often cool (this year's winter & summer were not usual). The problem I encounter for fall/winter crops is is short, gray days brings growth to a standstill.

    So, I'm probably not much help with planning your crops for this time of year! But, I've figure it is worth trying and then you'll know. I have used assorted cloches in the fall to extend the season a bit.

    Congratulations on your new home & garden!