Garden 'siteseeing' in Australia, Alaska, Florida, and New York
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Father south, Brian makes the most of a tiny Florida Backyard Garden by figuring out how to maximize not just space but time and money, too. Practically every gardener knows about trying to overcome those limitations.Skip to next paragraph
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Also about coping with unexpected weather. For Brian, that's meant five or six weeks of no rainfall, then 5-1/2 inches in one week!
Gardeners in other climates may be surprised that he didn't begin planning his vegetable garden till late May. Let him explain:
"Florida is a little different in that most vegetable gardens are started in the fall months rather than the spring. It's just too hot in the spring and summer for most vegetables, although in some areas of the state, summer gardens are possible. "
In a rather chillier location, the Alaska Novice Gardener is also talking about raised beds. That seems to be a theme this year. Practically every blog -- including this one -- has related firsthand experience with building and growing in raised beds.
You can see that -- because the soil will thaw out and warm up sooner than the ground – raised beds make a lot of sense for an Alaskan gardener. She and her husband built them mostly from notched spruce logs that were already on their property.
The hard part came when it was time to fill them with soil:
"Dimensions on my raised beds are roughly six feet long by three feet wide by one foot tall. They require about four wheelbarrel loads of topsoil apiece. Or about 80 shovelfuls of dirt piled into the back of my husband's truck to be filled to the gunwales.
"How do I know this little topsoil fact? By hard physical manual labor I know it. It is really hard work to fill raised beds. And I only have four. And a half."
I feel for them -- have been there myself several times -- but it's all forgotten when you pick your first produce. I promise.