Weekend in the Garden

It has been raining on an off everyday for almost 10 days and there is more rain forecast for the next 5 days. Suffice to say our area of North Carolina is now out of drought and everything is very green.

This past weekend in between the rain cycles I finished work on the sixth raised bed. It was nice to have it finished.

Raised bed construction.
Raised bed construction.
Framing completed.
Framing completed.
Soil and plants added. Fini!
Soil and plants added. Fini!

Currently I placed the excess herbs we have as well as watermelon and carrots in the new raised bed. The ultimate plan is to use the bed for ornamental plants. I am planning on removing all the ornamental plants from the original raised beds and planting them in this raised bed and the one to the right, in the picture. Next year I will remove most of the soil from the original beds and mix in a better quality soil and then give it another go with vegetables in the ground.

The tomatoes and peppers are doing very well in the containers. I think this may be because I used a good quality soil so I want to try doing the same in the older raised beds. With the added growing space I am hoping to expand the variety of vegetables next year.

I have been wanting an architectural element in the garden for sometime, but I have not been able to locate one. I have found things, but they tend to be thousands of dollars. Isn’t it always the case! So I decided to construct an obelisk trellis.

Obelisk trellis construction.
Obelisk trellis construction.
Almost complete.
Almost complete.

It wasn’t difficult to construct and it only cost around $30. The trellis is made of pine and held together with medal screws. It stands 8′ 6″ tall and is topped with a fence finial. It’s also very sturdy!

Looking for my ship to come in.
Looking for my ship to come in.
Completed.
Completed with a potted crimson mandevilla.

The garden is really coming along nicely and there are bigger plans in the future. To be continued!  I hope everyone had a good weekend.

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