This is my raised bed garden with a portable trellis made from scrounged materials. My old neighbors gave me the planks for the raised bed. The folding portable trellis is made from our old broken recycled box spring that served us well. We got a bunch of cucumbers to eat this year which supplemented our grocery purchases nicely. The pretty little squirrels and sneaky raccoons didn’t seem to bother the cucumbers. I planted a variety that had some small little spikes sticking out of them so that may have discouraged the rodents from making a meal out of our food this year. The longer smooth variety I planted last year was gobbled up pretty fast by some little animal at night.
I plan to increase our garden with perennial veggies and small fruits. Anything I only need to plant once and that will come back year after year is a long term work saver. It is much easier to plant a small Carmine Jewel Cherry Bush than to plant annual veggies. I have some difficulty doing the work for a garden put given years of future continued persistence I should be able to transform our back yard into a mini-farm designed to provide us with some well needed healthy food.
We had a gigantic garden on my childhood farm however we also had tractors, plows, cultivators, planters and plenty of free cow manure. I don’t have access to all this wonderful stuff anymore and my physical capabilities have deteriorated. Composted cow manure is great stuff for city gardens but it costs money. My father would have got a great chuckle out of seeing me pay for a bag of composted cow manure.
My goal in gardening is to provide some good tasting fruits and veggies at the most minimal cost of money and work possible. It is also a relaxing hobby.