A few weeks ago, we remade my raised bed in front of the barn. It needed a good bit of soil, so I asked my husband to get it from the hay area in the cow pasture.
You can see grass in here. I will be battling weeds, but this rich, organic soil is worth that.
It’s been a week since I filled it with compost, now it’s time to till and plant. (I wanted to get a good rain first so the soil could all settle in.)
Once the soil is ready, time to stage the plants. I put cattle panels (leftovers from another project) against the wall for the vines. Cucumbers in the middle, cantaloupe on either side.
Now I will put the tomatoes and peppers in the rest of the bed. Each tomato will get a cage to help support the heavy tomatoes.
I used to struggle with tomato cages not holding up. Now I have discovered that if I widen the ends that go into the ground, making a wide base, then the support is much stronger. The cage on the left is the way it comes, the cage on the right is after I’ve widened the ends.
Tomatoes are one plant that needs to be planted DEEP. 1/3 of the entire plant can go underground.
Now off to the big garden!