Over the years since posting our family’s garden enclosure, I have received several comments and emails from readers who have been inspired by the post to create their own versions of the critter-resistant raised garden bed. One such reader, John, was kind enough to send photos of his creation – an amazing enclosure that is both beautiful and functional, including a screened top, cold frame, and a bonus planter.
I asked John to write a brief description of his building process, which he was kind enough to provide, along with these wonderful photos he has given me permission to share here at Clover and Thyme. Every time I see them I get even more antsy for spring to arrive. I hope you will find John’s fabulous enclosure as inspiring as I did.
Normally, by now, I’m ready to close up shop in the garden. Pull out what’s left, clear out the brush, call it a season. I’m not sure why, but this year I decided I wanted to extend my gardening into the fall.
I didn’t need to add much – so many of my plants are still going strong – I just needed to leave them alone and let them keep producing. My bell pepper, jalapeno, and eggplant are all still producing, as well as my now not-so-little volunteer Amish Paste tomato.
In addition to these existing plantings, I sowed some lettuces, arugula, and radishes in the enclosure. The radishes are doing great, and have grown quite a bit since the photo featured at the top of this post was taken. The lettuces have been a bit more hesitant. I think it may have still been a bit too warm when I sowed them in the beginning of September. Now that things are really cooling down, I might try again with some more butterhead and mesculin seed. The arugula I sowed in early September is doing great, however. Arugula is fool-proof, I think. It sprouts and thrives no matter what.
In the Grow Camp, the chard and kale are still beautiful, and even though they are getting a little “long in the tooth” I’m going to let them have fun while they can. The kale still tastes terrific, and even the chard isn’t too bitter. I cleared the the bush beans out of the other side of the Grow Camp and planted broccoli rabe and some more kale.
How about you? What’s in your autumn garden? Leave me a note below, or tweet me @cloverandthyme!
Always Google first. I should know this by now! But seriously, what was I to think when I saw this guy in my garden?
My first inclination, when I saw this horn worm festooned with white eggs was, “Get it off get it off get it off!” And sadly, that’s what I did. Turns out, mutant horn worms are actually a good thing.
After googling, I discovered that the horn worm clinging to my bell pepper plant was actually playing host to Braconid Wasp eggs, which would have eventually killed it. Once the eggs hatched, the resulting wasps would have done the same to all his friends. Oh well. Live and learn!
Definitely the strangest thing I’ve seen in my garden this season. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen in yours?