It's Downhill From Here...
11/5/2014 The Caps All Go On... Preparing For The Pour
Its going to be so easy to garden now
Working hard in todays heat
11/6/2014 Digging And Placing Rebar In The Walkways
Wall work is just about done
11/7/2014 Pathways Get Poured
The concrete has been poured
Looking good... ONly final touchups are needed |
This will make it so much easier to garden
Sue makes an inspection!
She approves... No way can the water go into the pool
It's my 70th birthday present!
I did it.... Yes I did!
The Weekend Of November 7th
Friday the work is completed for the week
Lotsa dirt and rocks!
Saturday The 8th Morning We Heard Noises... Here Somes Some Dirt
Dump truck full of 20/80 vegetable soil
Probably about a third of what is needed... so far
We tested the drains... five of the six worked.... One required modification
Now it will be easy to rotate the crops
Carrot Family (Apiaceae)
|carrot, celery, parsley, parsnip|
|Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae)||beet, spinach, Swiss chard|
|Gourd Family (Cucurbitaceae)||cucumber, muskmelon, pumpkin, summer squash, watermelon, winter squash|
|Grass Family (Poaceae)||ornamental carn, popcorn, sweet corn|
|Mallow Family (Malvaceae)||okra|
|Mustard Family (Brassicaceae)||broccoli, Burssels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, collard, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radish, rutabaga, turnip|
|Nightshade Family (Solanaceae)||eggplant, pepper, potato, tomato|
|Onion Family (Alliaceae)||chives, garlic, leek, onion|
|Pea Family (Fabaceae)||bush bean, kidney bean, lima bean, pea, pole bean, soybean|
|Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)||endive, lettuce, sunflower|
Reasons to Rotate Crops
Disease Prevention: The main reason to rotate crops is to prevent the spread of plant disease. Disease organisms can build up over time, resulting in eventual crop failure. Rotating crops keeps these organisms in check.
Insect Control: Crop rotation also helps reduce insect infestations.
Nutrient Balance: Different families of plants require different nutrients. By rotating your crops, you keep the soil from being depleted and can target soil amendments to keep your garden balanced.
Nutrient Enhancement: Some plants actually enhance the soil, so rotating them through the garden can produce free organic soil conditioning.
Taking shape slowely but surely - The far-right walkway did not drain well and
had to be dug up and replaced twice before it worked
11/10/2014 - Another Week
Another truck load of soil arrives...
Not As Expected...
What we were expecting for the other five turns
What we got.... Not good
Just would not work...
We had to stucco the blocks to hide the bad workmanship! It worked ok!
We have added about 10 bags of perlite to the soil to loosen it up
Did You Know? - Perlite is an amorphous volcanic glass that has a relatively high water content, typically formed by the hydration of obsidian. It occurs naturally and has the unusual property of greatly expanding when heated sufficiently. It is an industrial mineral and a commercial product useful for its light weight after processing.