A Writer’s Garden–Through the Garden Gates with Anne B. Cole

Catherine Castle

Gardening in Raised Beds

By Anne B. Cole

Living in Indiana, I have many challenges when it comes to growing veggies in my garden. This guy is one of them.

rabbitAs adorable as he is, he has the ability to DESTROY my garden in one eating!

Another challenge is the constant battle with weeds. I’ve learned to overcome these obstacles by gardening in raised beds surrounded by a three-foot chicken wire fence.

In the spring, my husband rototills the garden. Lovely Indiana soil is ready for seed and tender plants.

trenches

Next, I dig shallow trenches every three and a half feet to create raised beds. This enables me to walk in the ‘rows’ without stepping on the beds. I can easily hoe, weed, and pick veggies from the rows without compacting the soil around the plants.

garden 1

The rows also give me a place to discard lawn clippings. Grass and leaf…

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About NevaBrown

Neva Brown, a retired secondary teacher/administrator, now enjoys the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers. She has even ventured into the social media world of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well as having a website; nevabrown-author@weebly.com . Neva lived on West Texas ranches most of her life and uses that culture and environment in many of her stories. She and her husband now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. They are amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living. Neva loves to hear from her readers. She can be reached at joneva@suddenlink.net
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