Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring Garden Projects

Kitchen Herb Garden and Vine Fence are two of the project's that we have on our spring garden bucket list. We like to get most of our special garden project's finished in the spring, so we can enjoy them as the garden season moves along. This year we had two projects on our bucket list for completion. The first project is a Kitchen Herb Garden just outside my kitchen door and the other a smaller project for climbing vines that is located in one of the larger garden area's. This post gives complete instructions for building both of these projects.

Spring Garden Projects -The Garden Gate at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


The Kitchen Herb Garden

My husband was so sweet to make this special raised bed just outside my kitchen door, so when I am using herbs in a recipe all I have to do is step just outside the door.

Construction of The Bed
All the grass was removed, then the ground was leveled.  
Next he cut two 2X10's 9 ft long for the sides.
For the ends two 2X10's 14 inches long.
The ends were fastened with 2 inch wood screws.
Then reinforced with steel metal strapping.
After the box was placed, 1 stake was placed
 on each end and secured with screws.

Spring Garden Projects -The Garden Gate at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Filling The Box
To help prevent weeds and grass from growing, place several layers of
newspapers on top of the leveled ground.
Fill 3/4 full with top soil and our homemade compost mixture.


Spring Garden Projects -The Garden Gate at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Filling With This Very Nice Soil Mixture

Spring Garden Projects -The Garden Gate at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

The Final Layer
Complete the fill with a thick layer of our
homemade organic compost and fertilizer mix.


Spring Garden Projects -The Garden Gate at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Now It Is Ready To Plant
We planted Rosemary, Sage, Basil,
Italian Oregano, Parsley and German Thyme.
We will be adding more herbs along with a fairy garden as we go along.
You can watch our garden post through the season to watch how the
Kitchen Herb Garden develops.

Spring Garden Projects -The Garden Gate at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


The Vine Fence Has been construted for the vining vegetables that we plant every season. 

Spring Garden Projects -The Garden Gate at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

The Fence Construction

Using 3 2X2's 6 feet long
Using a miter saw, cut sharp points on the bottom of the 2X2's, making a stake.
Drove the 2X2 stakes into the ground, leaving a height of 4 feet and 4 feet apart.
Secured the 3 stakes with two additional 2X2's to add stability to the top.
Next, using a 2X3 inch mesh vinyl coated welded wire fencing.
Secure them to the post with a air powered staple gun.
Zip Ties were applied to the top wire to keep it stable.

A Small Row In Front Of The Fence
We Have Planted Early Peas

Spring Garden Projects -The Garden Gate at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Look Close and You Can See 
The Peas Just Coming Up

Spring Garden Projects -The Garden Gate at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

You can follow along to see the different vegetables that will vine up on our new fence this year. We are very excited to have our vine fence and can't wait to have our first vines climbing up the fence.

Thanks so much for stopping by the garden to spend some time in the outdoors with us today. Hope you have a chance to enjoy your garden and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
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6 comments:

  1. Very nice! Best of luck with your new gardens, I'll be planting peas on St. Patty's Day here in Philly:@)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lynn, we will be planting more potatoes on St. Patty's. Its a tradition to plant potatoes on that day, we always hope for good weather..
      Miz Helen

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  2. Sigh, I wish I was a gardener! I swear I have black thumbs :) How wonderful to have all that fresh bounty at your fingertips!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks so much Jenna, if we lived closer I would share with you!

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  3. I'm so excited to get back to my kitchen garden next week, Miz Helen, it's just about time to plant it up. I was so interested to read about your spring garden projects. Your kitchen herb garden looks wonderful and I like the vine fence too. It's so important to have good support for climbing plants. Thank you for sharing the how tos on these great projects with us at Hearth and Soul. I've featured this post at the party this week. Thank you so much again for sharing it.

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    1. Hi April,
      Thanks so much for the awesome feature at Hearth and Soul Blog Link Party. This is one of my favorite parties and I have been coming to Hearth and Soul for about 6 years. Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you are having a great week!
      Miz Helen

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