In the Garden

Garden Enclosure Inspiration

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.

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Better Late Than Never…

The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity for my family. Homeschool plays, recitals, and the basic ins and outs of life delayed my gardening a bit this year. But I did get my seeds and plants in the ground last month, and things are finally getting green in the garden. Here’s what’s been growin’ this spring. Mouse over for the caption and click for a closer look.

 

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I turn my back for one second…

…and aphids attack! Unfortunately, the downside of my Grow Camp is that tiny bugs can get in, but bigger bugs (some of whom are quite beneficial) can not. I went out to check on my crazy eggplants last week (I say crazy because they are all foliage and no actual eggplants – perhaps from all the rain we have gotten) and lo and behold, aphids had taken hold and taken over my eggplant leaves. Seems I should have been a little more vigilant with my banana peels.

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I decided to open the screen on the eggplants’ side of the Grow Camp and let the chips fall where they may in the hopes that some beneficial insects might find their way to my plants. If the deer found them too, well, so be it. Thankfully, by the next day, these guys showed up:

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Hello, darlings! I have a lovely buffet all set out for you! Did you know ladybugs can eat upwards of 50-60 aphids a day? Even more if they are babies. Eat up, my friends! While you are here, can you convince my eggplants to bear fruit?

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In other news, check out my tomato jungle! They were late because of the weird weather, but now we are getting maters-a-plenty!

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Green beans are doing great, too!