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Name: greene
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greene
Jul 22, 2017 6:28 PM CST
Since I normally only post on 5 or 6 forums I missed finding this one for photos of our gardens.

A little more than 18 months ago I moved to a new place. The property is owned by my DD and is just over an acre. We have named the sections of the property as:
-front yard
-back yard
-vegetable yard (hopefully there will be a vegetable garden in that space
-bee yard (where the bee hive is located and the 'barn' which houses the riding mower and power tools for yard maintenance)
and then there is the 'back 40' which is just a huge field of nothing that was formerly a pig farm.

Here is the vegetable garden area when I first moved to the property. (I can picture the future garden in this space.) So far all that has been planted are 2 fig trees (Brown Turkey and Celeste), Confederate Jasmine across the back fence. Note: on the left you see a wooden table and some fence poles. The table came from Home Depot garden department, we have 3 of them (free !!) and two of the tables will be part of the vegetable garden area...eventually.
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I had a vision and a plan. No matter what goes wrong whether it be money problems, health problems or the weather, I have not given up and am still moving forward with the plan. For the past several days, things have fallen into place (thank you, Universe!!) and I am able to report progress.

For the past year, I have slowly, very slowly been relocating raised beds, soil, and plants from my old garden to the new place. So many plants are sitting in pots I have a very respectable 'pot ghetto', each of the plants patiently waiting for a more permanent place.

This is one of the raised beds that I moved. It was emptied of soil, disassembled, transported to the new garden, reassemble and re-filled with soil. Whew, a lot of work for one bed. It later became the broccoli bed at the new garden.
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This is my "mini-pergola garden bed". It looked good when it was new but it was quite a problem to move. The few people who have trucks failed to keep the appointment to move it intact, so I had to disassemble it, move it to the new garden and reassemble it. I managed to plant it with kale, mints, and lettuces but also managed to use the upper portion to store some excess lumber which caused it to sag terribly. *Blush*
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At the old place, I had built a raised bed to accommodate a Tung Oil tree that was growing in a pot. It had sent roots down into the soil so I constructed the box around it, raising the height of the soil.
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Well, both the tree and the box had to be moved. Whew, work, work, work. The bed is now in the new garden (but the tree is still sitting in a very large pot waiting for a miracle.)
It is now the tomato bed.
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Since the weather is very hot and humid I have been waking up extra early and getting out there to get a jump on the day. It's working! This week the garden looked like this at 6:30-6:45 in the morning:
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In one day I sprinkled Preen and watered it in so it would actually work, rolled out the landscape fabric (professional grade guaranteed for 30 years), dragged the bags of mulch into place (I like the No Float cypress mulch from Home Depot; very affordable and sometimes the broken bags are 50% off:thumbsup: ) and opened each bag, spread the mulch around somewhat evenly, sprinkled again with Preen and watered it in. That's enough work for one day. (In the background of of the pictures you can see another of the Home Depot tables. Thumbs up )

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I got tired of sitting on a plastic milk crate (not weight-rated to accommodate my mass *Blush* ) and purchased a little gift for myself - a rolling garden seat from Harbor Freight (yes it was on sale and I used a coupon!), then I added a patio umbrella for shade.

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Now when I look out the kitchen door I see this, which is much closer to what I had pictured.
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Not finished yet.
Still have a lot to do. Next week I will construct 4 small, square beds that will be the 'kitchen garden'.

Anyone who stops by to visit, and you are all invited, bring gloves and a willingness to work. Thumbs up

Edited to add:
Still making progess:
Skimmed off the weeds. Put down some building paper.
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Here are the 3 new beds in place waiting to be filled:
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Cardboard layers in the beds to prevent weeds from coming up from below.
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I have been visiting both Lowe's and Home Depot to purchase the broken bags of soil and/or manure so I can fill the new beds.

Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
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Name: Sharon Rose
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Altheabyanothername
Jul 22, 2017 7:11 PM CST
Greene-- This is a wonderful transformation in progress! You have put in alot of work and it shows! Thumbs up Keep the pictures coming!

Could you please share information about your landscape fabric?
What brand and if it is easily available.

Many blessings for your continued success!
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 25, 2017 7:00 PM CST
Oops, @Altheabyanothername, I forgot to 'watch' this thread; sorry for the delay in answering.

Thank you for the question. Over the years I have used several different types of landscape fabric in the past with mixed results. The one I am using now will be my 'forever fabric'.

It is made by Preen, comes in a huge roll available at Sam's Club for somewhere around $30 (+-) and is guaranteed for 30 years. I'm pretty sure that what they are guaranteeing is the fabric itself will last 30 years; not that it will keep the weeds out for that long. Rolling on the floor laughing Sometimes the price goes down at the end of gardening season...end? Shrug! Must be a marketing thing. Rolling on the floor laughing

It is the one labeled 'contractor grade'. In some applications, I use a double layer if I think weedy roots will try to come up from the bottom. The roll measures 4 feet by 225 feet, which is 900 square feet but remember to allow for overlap; I overlap about 12 inches. Oh, and I sure learned the hard way not to attempt to work with this on a windy day - barrel of laughs for the neighbors, I'm sure. Hilarious!

Each huge roll comes with some rather narrow metal anchor pins (which I use elsewhere as I like a different type of pin better).
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0141GR3OO/

The fabric is even fun to sew! I take some of the fabric over to my sewing machine and sew bed liners for the raised beds as I do not trust the native soil. This came in handy when I had to move my entire garden -plants, soil, beds - to a new home. I dug out half the soil then just pulled up the 4 corners of the bed liner and hauled it away. Thumbs up

I sometimes get creative with the sewing and attempt *Blush* to make the fabric into a bowl shape for my hanging baskets and Forsyth pots.

Could even make grow bags from this stuff if I ever got enough energy:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0141GR3OO/
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
Jul 25, 2017 9:58 PM CST
Thank You! for your reply Greene! That is nice landscape fabric, unfortunately my Sam's s stopped carrying it 2 years ago. I just went and checked and they still have it unavailable in this area. Sad
You are lucky! Those are a lot of good ideas for its use!

May you have an overabundance of blessings!

I prefer to walk in the light, I prefer a world where people want to be kind and bless each other, I prefer a God who loves and shares so much that he gave up his only Son for me. I prefer to choose the God of Abraham. Let there be peace and let it begin with me.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 26, 2017 4:25 PM CST
I checked online and found that your local Sam's Club now carries a very similar product, same size, same price, but the name is Member's Mark. I have not tried it but I'm thinking it should be almost the same as the Preen. It is possible that my local Sam's will also make the change and eliminate the Preen fabric and replace it with their own brand. Shrug!
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
Jul 26, 2017 5:45 PM CST
Thank You! So much Greene for that extra step. With that new info
You provided, I do see it. My Sam's Club may not actually have it, I think it's low inventory. They might do an order and pickup. But two other Sam's nearby in this area show they should have plenty of stock Thumbs up For sure I have been to one of those Sam's before. That is great news! That was a very nice thing you did for me and I appreciate it! I tip my hat to you.
Hurray! You made my week! Hurray!

May you be blessed to receive some extra special help this week!
I prefer to walk in the light, I prefer a world where people want to be kind and bless each other, I prefer a God who loves and shares so much that he gave up his only Son for me. I prefer to choose the God of Abraham. Let there be peace and let it begin with me.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
My dogs love me; some people don't.
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greene
Jul 26, 2017 6:35 PM CST
Last time I bought the landscape fabric I came home with 3 rolls...3 times 225 feet.
Yikes, I could probably wallpaper the whole yard with this stuff!
End of the season may bring the price down but always better to buy it when you need it.

Glad I could help. Keep in mind that some people hate landscape fabric. I do not argue with anyone who thinks like that. I sometimes think that maybe they did not prepare the ground correctly? or did not use a pre-emergent before applying the fabric? or did not keep applying the pre-emergent once a month to ensure that no new weeds happened? All I can say is that it works for me. Hope you have success!
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 26, 2017 5:48 PM CST
Today I am busy sewing some of the landscape fabric to make a raised bed liner. This stuff is easy to work with and, since I have to move my garden beds more often than most people, having the liner helps to save the planting medium so it can be moved to a new garden.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
My dogs love me; some people don't.
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greene
Aug 28, 2017 5:08 PM CST
I forgot to say that I am sewing this particular bed liner to mailed to another gardener. Thumbs up
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Sep 3, 2017 7:39 AM CST
Love reading this thread and watching your progress. You've done an amazing job!
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
My dogs love me; some people don't.
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greene
Sep 3, 2017 11:12 AM CST
Thank you!
Today I bought another car load of broken bags of soil and manure. Eventually, I will have enough to fill the 3 new beds.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"

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