Saturday, November 7, 2009

I Just Can't Help Myself

I have been trying to figure out how to get more growing space out of my little backyard. Last week while at work I had a flash of an idea. Re-do the back garden area where the potato beds are.

I would have to pull out the yellow angels trumpet and pull the beds apart. So that is just what I did today.

I started this angels trumpet from a 5 inch cutting a few years ago. This guy grew to be over 12 feet high. Don't let anyone tell you they are hard to grow.

I had Sweet Husband cut down the tree to about 4 feet.

Then I had to get the beds moved out of the way so I could start digging it out.

It took about an hour to pull this bad boy out.

The beds are out and now it's time to lay out were the new wooden potato bins will go. The long season potatoes will go straight back against the side fence where they will get the most sun. The mid season bin will go to the right against the back fence.

This will still give me plenty of room for a 5 x 3 bed along the back fence.

Tomorrow we will frame out the new bins and put them in their new homes...

Photo below: The new bed is completed.

Sweet Husband put up an old trellis I had lying around.

I'm thinking I will use half the bed for early potatoes and the other half for something I can trellis... maybe some winter squash.

Photo below: I put some potted plants in the open area for now. Looks cute.

Other garden news....

Photo below: I still have some cucumbers growing.

Photo Below: My brocolli is starting to form flower heads.

Photos Below: Sugar snap peas are a good Fall crop for my garden.

Photo Below: Pink angels trumpet

Next post... Completed potato bins.


  1. Gosh, I feel so fortunate to have unlimited space. I can understand trying to get more from the garden, too - that's why I'm going deeper next year. Good luck with your new plans.

  2. That was a big undertaking. The root ball of the tree was huge! The finished area looks great though, well worth the effort.

  3. EG- You are very luck to have so much space but it must be a lot of work to keep it up.

    Muse - Thanks! The project went much faster than I thought it would and it looks so much better.

  4. Nice raised beds. Great blog. I look forward to reading more.

  5. Hi Garden tips. Thanks for stopping and the kind words.