Flower Ave Garden Project: Signs

I get a lot of questions from neighbors and people passing by who are curious about what I am planting. I thought it would be helpful to put up signs of what is planted in each bed.

Since I could practically be considered an Eagle Scout at this point, I dusted off the old wood-burning kit and gathered some scrap wood left over from building.

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They turned out great and I hope it will help a curious passerby.

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“Words are but the signs of ideas.”

~Samuel Johnson

Flower Ave Garden Project: Good Fences Make Good…Trellises!

I’m closing in on the home stretch for completing construction in the front yard of the Flower Ave Garden. I was able to get fencing up around the perimeter of the yard. It will double as the perfect trellis for peas and cucumbers that will be planted soon.

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I was also able to plant one of the beds with ice lettuce. The scientific name for ice lettuce  is Ficoide glaciale. Native to the southern hemisphere, it has fleshy, lightly acidic leaves that are covered with shimmering silvery dots that give them a frosty appearance. The leaves are crunchy and refreshing in salads, and may also be cooked like spinach

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Up next, irrigation =]

Flower Ave Garden Project: Donkey Sh*t

Yet another amazing friend coming through for me…A good friend Tony, a Cheirmoya and avocado farmer and rancher in Santa Barbara, drove down a truck load of his soil blended with donkey manure or “donkey sh*t” as he called it.

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It’s beautiful and will be a great addition for my beds. I’ve inoculated it over a few days with some native soil from the original beds at the house to create a healthy microbiotic environment.

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I am so thankful for these little gifts that continue to show up along the way and help on this journey.

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

~Henry David Thoreau

Flower Ave Garden Project: New Structures

All of the raised beds in the front are IN!! It was an intense day, building into the evening just to get everything done. After about 10 hours of sawing and drilling and measuring and leveling, they were finally finished. It was one of those days that had to be ended with a cold beer in a hot shower.

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The bottom of each bed is lined with ground covering to prevent weeds. The beds will be filled with soil and soon will be ready to be planted!

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The greenhouse is changing every day. My fava bean seeds have sprouted and are looking forward to being planted in their permanent home in the beds out front.

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“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”
~ John F. Kennedy

Flower Ave Garden Project: I’ve Got Wood…No Really

A lot of it actually! I received my delivery of lumber today. It was pretty comical to watch the forklift snake its way through the back alley to the rear of the house. I wonder how long it took him to get from Home Depot on a forklift?

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The drop off went pretty smoothly due largely in part to the back gate that opens to the alley. The carport back here is still a work in progress, but it was nice to have a place to keep the wood dry as we had some light showers that morning.

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Next step, constructing the frames for the raised beds. Time to get rid of this wood like a …(insert cold pool joke here)

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“Whatever good things we build end up building us.”

~Jim Rohn

Flower Ave Garden Project: The First Of Many

Today was a great day, we got the first bed built for the front garden! It will serve as the prototype for the rest of the beds going in. It’s constructed of redwood to prevent rotting.

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We framed out the bottom of the bed first, and secured the sides with 4x4s.

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A miter saw was used to cut angles and had a sweet “laser” (insert Austin Power voice here)

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We put one more level of 2x6s and were able to complete the first bed!! We’ve got about 5 more of various sizes to construct, but working all the kinks out on this first was was a big step in the right direction.

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“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.”
~William Butler Yeats

Flower Ave Garden Project: Groundworks

 

 

 

 

The greenhouse is really coming together! I got a few more shelves, and put down some mesh covering. This will help wick away water, and keep mud and weeds at bay

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I had lots of stone left over from ripping out landscaping in the back, and I was able to build a little path to the street and line it with fencing. Hopefully this will deter people from walking over the beds. I just got some lily bulbs planted, and they should make for some beautiful edible flowers in the spring and throughout the summer

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
~Theodore Roosevelt