Originally posted 10-4-11
|Digger's fall garden project|
New Strategy for Our Fall Garden
Ol' Bill's been's working feverishly on his new garden project. If you've been following my blog (you have been following faithfully, haven't you?) we've struggled with our garden due to the area's weird weather patterns.
The "shade yurt" is just about ready to set up, just in time for unpredictable October.
Shade GardeningOur Central Florida weather similar to Louisiana and Texas: Relatively mild winters with occasional freezes; early/late frosts and early/late heat. The summers can get hot early and do the tomatoes in before the fruit ripens. An early frost can wipe out young plants in the fall garden; a late frost can wipe out young plants in the spring. A mild winter can be a blessing, providing fresh vegetables year long. A harsh winter can freeze out the hardiest of plants. Whatever weather we get in any given winter is a crap shoot.
We won't even get into the drought/flooding issues.
Well, ol' Bill has come up with a possible solution. To protect the plants from sun, frost and freezes, he's building a yurt - a Mongolian portable house. It's fast,easy and inexpensive to build, so we did. Or rather, ol' Bill did. I supervised as usual.
After the yurt is erected, we'll set up a self-watering container garden system in it, cover the yurt with shade cloth and have frost cloth covers at the ready. Oh Tricky Central Florida Weather, bring it on.
|Shade Garden Yurt|
After construction, we set up the yurt to see how it went together. Then, we dismantled it and are just finishing up the protective finish. More to come....
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