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First 5R Farm Veggie Garden

It’s been a long time coming, and finally the veggie garden planting is complete. It started with chainsawing and stump grinding back in January, followed by raised bed building in February, then several truckloads of composed horse manure and topsoil shoveling, berry planting in March, and several days of veggie planting beginning in April. I wrapped up the planting this weekend with tomatoes, peppers, squash, and cucumbers. It’s great to have plenty of room to experiment with new varieties of tomatoes and to plant some larger veggies that I never had room for in my garden in Portland like artichokes and rhubarb. I bought 10 varieties of tomatoes this year. Of course no garden would be complete without the tried and true Sweet Million and Sungold cherry tomatoes. The rest of the tomatoes are all heirloom varieties because I am planning to save seeds for next year. I got a nice mix of purple, orange, yellow, and striped varieties, and I also got a few determinate varieties that are supposed to be very early to mature which should be perfect for this year due to the late arrival of warm spring weather. The garden deer fence was recently completed, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I love the look of the round fence posts and the log arch over the entry gate. You can’t see it in the photo, but there are wires between the white fence wires, and the fence will be electrified to keep hungry deer out. We’ve worked too hard on the garden not to enjoy the fruits of our labor! I’m not too worried though because the deer seem to be much more interested in browsing on the plentiful blackberry and native shrubs on the farm than the veggie starts. It’s fun to look back at the before photos from when I was planning the Future Vegetable Garden to remember what the garden used to look like. The stump in the lower left corner of the December photo is the stump just outside the fence at the downslope end of the finished garden.

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