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This month has found us having what I hope is the last frost of the year, as well as actually getting our garden rolling. There has been quite a bit of gardening activity since my last garden update. At my last update I had built my first raised bed garden about two weeks later I built the second raised bed and used the excess dirt from the first to fill it. Both raised beds are constructed of 8′ x 4′ 2″ x12″ boards butted together at the end and screwed together, they are constructed using untreated boards so they will have to be replaced in several years.

raised-bed-garden

I chose to use raised bed gardens because of the low quality of soil here in our neck of the woods. I am hoping that the amended topsoil I am using will provide a good environment for my plants.

Over this past weekend I purchased a blackberry bush, a rasberry bush, some bags of organic compost, vegetables and a new 100′ hose. I planted the following, a L indicates the left garden bed and R the right garden bed.

  • L – 2 rows of spinach (front)
  • L – 3 sweet banana peppers (middle)
  • L – 1 Cherry Tomato
  • L – 1 Roma Tomato
  • L – 1 Slicing Tomato
  • L/R – Pole beans on the tepee
  • R -2 rows of carrots
  • R – 1 row of romaine lettuce now, 1 row in two weeks
  • R – 2 mounds for cucumber (2-3 per mound)
  • R – 2 zucchini

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sushiEvery Sunday I highlight 4 or 5 articles I found particularly insightful. This week I am highlighting posts related to something near and dear to my heart, food.

Frugal Dad mentions his attempts at square foot gardening along with a roundup.  I am actually going to be building my own garden this year so if Frugal Dad’s post interests you subscribe to my free feed update to make sure you catch my own gardening adventure.

J.D. at Get Rich Slowly is providing his February update for the G.R.S. Gardening Project and I am jealous because he is planting some asparagus .

The Weakonomist discusses how he is going to be giving up meat for lent

Trent at The Simple Dollar covers my favorite topic, BEER. And how to make it yourself.

The Digerati Life covers some cheap meals and easy dinner ideas.

Photo: (syvwlch)

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