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The Triangle Garden

April 23rd, 2013

If you remember, last week I introduced you to Dailon and mentioned that he was already working on something.  I also mentioned that the rock wall I was building was going to enclose a new garden space.
Triangle Garden 1
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Triangle Garden 4
The new garden will be a triangular shaped garden right across the driveway from my kitchen window, which is why I wanted to put a garden space in this spot. It’s a nice space, with good soil and an old outhouse (that is currently being turned into a small chicken coop).
Working in the Triangle Garden 1
We started by clearing out a pine tree. It was planted in the middle of the space and was leaning.
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Working in the Triangle Garden 3
There was also a raised bed made of railroad ties, that also went away. Mr Chiots was more than happy to get his tractor out for this chore.
Working in the Triangle Garden 5
The plan is to put some chickens in there to clean out all the weeds. Then I’ll figure out what sort of design I want to use. I’ll continue building the walls to surround it, and hopefully one day it will be a beautiful space that I can admire from my kitchen window.

Do you have any exciting garden projects for the summer?

9 Comments to “The Triangle Garden”
  1. Marina C on April 23, 2013 at 5:19 am

    More lovely views!
    We all look forward to another Susy creation: the triangular garden.
    This summer for me is the opposite of yours. We have had a big project each year here, so this year is the year of fine tuning, dividing and applying some of the techniques I have learned over the winter.
    Most importantly, it is the year of less weeding, that really is my big project: better mulching for weed control and water conservation.
    By the way, if you have a spot, in their own bed or if in a raised bed, deeply divided, it is time to plant the crosnes!

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  2. Mich on April 23, 2013 at 5:28 am

    My big project this year is the making of a new vegetable garden, hopefully up and running maybe by this autumn if not ready for 2014. There is enough space for a large polytunnel. yay. My current veg garden will be used this year and will then be planted up with fruit.

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  3. on April 23, 2013 at 9:22 am

    My plan is just to keep on making the backyard a garden haven. I was sitting on the back porch last night, at first feeling bad about what I haven’t gotten done yet. (in one year) Then I decided to refocus my thoughts on the changes that HAVE been made and realized…it’s a lot! I am again working on something I despise doing, double digging the garden beds. Instead of trying to tackle them all at once, I’m going to do them as crops come out between seasons. We are also working toward a no-mow, permaculture-filled backyard space. All this while fighting off the invasive plants my neighbors refuse to deal with on their side! I have my boys working on burning all the yard waste, which the 12 year old loves! What is it with boys and fire?

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  4. Marcia on April 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Let me take out my list… I’m taking out a cherry tree from my garden bed in the backyard. It’s been damaged by bugs or something, the trunk is covered in big black wounds. I’m getting the crabapple tree trimmed since it shades too much of an area where I want to plant my herbs. I’m installing rain barrels. I’m replacing the old birdbath in the back. I’m planting for pollinators and butterflies. I just want to do it all…better pace myself.

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  5. Adriana on April 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    The list is always a mile long, but I’m most excited about a little patio area off the kitchen door. We’ve been saving big flat rocks that we find here and there on the property for this. We’re also thinking about building a mud oven or brick grill We’ll finally have a place to eat outdoors!

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  6. Jennifer @ on April 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    We just moved so we’ll be starting from scratch this year. Lots of work ahead of us! Our Kubota is going to get a workout too.

    I was thinking about putting in a few small beds in addition to the large garden space and building a rock wall around them, so I enjoyed reading your rock wall post. : )

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  7. laura on April 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    That sounds wonderful and I love the photos. You have really good garden help. I had a landscaper here today. I have a 35’x35′ (approx) area that is full of ivy and I want to clear it out and expand my planting area. It would be perfect for pumpkins and such. I look forward to seeing what you do with your space.

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  8. Karen on April 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Susie, I need help with my garden. I planted a beautiful cover crop which you told us to do in the fall and it is like a blanket of rye growing in our potato patch. Well, now what do we do with this blanket of rye because we want to plant potatoes and we would like to do the “no-till” method of just digging a hole and planting! Do we pull it or what should we do with it now? Thanks!

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    • Susy on April 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Well, with the rye you’ll probably have to turn it under since it won’t be to the point of setting seed yet. With rye it’s better to wait until it’s getting ready to seed before cutting it, then it won’t grow back. You can try cutting an area, but since it’s still young that might not work. Turning lightly to help loosen the soil for potatoes won’t be too bad for the soil.

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