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The Gardener Chef 2013

Yes, the garden still exists, although with a few modifications each year. Since I have been disappointed in the strawberry crop the last few years, I am using the strawberry pyramid for other vegetables this year. I planted peas, radishes, lettuce and others in the pyramid and all are doing well. I have been enjoying salads abundantly.

Here are some pictures of the garden as it stands now:

Aug 2013

Here’s the Herb Garden:

Herbs-Aug 2013


Nurturing Hardy Strawberry Plants

The strawberry raised bed pyramid has been regularly watered and fertilized. In mid July, I began to snip blossoms and “sucker trailers” off from the plants so as to have them give them energy into creating healthy and substantial plants. I believe that they made this hardy start. The soil in the pyramid structure has settled and I’ m adding a mixture of manure compost, peat moss mulch and top soil to each row and working it around the plants with ample watering with an alfalfa fertilizer and soil builder. The plant stems are thick and the leaves are deep green and plants are ‘shooting out” runners prolifically. I can only surmise that my patience for this first summer season of our strawberry pyramid will be realized in succeeding seasons with bountiful harvest from these sturdy and seasoned plants.

Sweet Melons

These sweet juicy tasting melons can mature to the size of 1 lb. Each of the fruits and vines have been supported by the wood trellis structure. There is a tendency of the melon’s vines to trail toward the ground. Whenever, a vine was found to be heading towards the ground, I would wrap the vine to a part of the trellis form and would give extra attention by supporting and stablizing the fruit with gardening twine or soft fabric strips.

Trellis Support for the Beans

The wigwam, or as some have called it the pyramid trellis, has created a safe and secure structure for the 5 bean plants. They formed a tent of bean stalks. Actually offering ease of finding and picking the mature bounty of Kentucky Wonder and Blue Lake beans.

Lots of Cucumbers

Three cucumber plants found plenty of space for their vines to spread. The trellis netting supported plants and the cucumbers to their optimum harvesting size. Deb’s sister enjoys a snack of spreading soft swiss cheese on a generous slice of cucumber. Yum!

The August Summer brings a harvest from ample sunshine and rain fall, ripening vegetables to a peak of perfection. The mature plants are laden with vegetables and held firm by the wooden trellis. I have been very pleased with the steadfast pyramid wooden trellises that I built, they have created cages to sustain new growth and the ripening mature fruit. The trellises provided ample support for the foliage and maturing fruit and allowed plants to grow into maturity in small spaces.

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