I kept count using small stones, you’ll count 13 small batches, 13 times 10, that’s 130 wheelbarrows. We also had mushroom and top soil delivered, that I didn’t take any pictures of. As much as I enjoy documenting everything I think I got to the point where it didn’t matter, I just wanted to get it done, picture or not.
Total we used 230 wheelbarrow of soil to fill the raised bed.
Our 20(6m) feet wide and 32(9.8m) feet long garden took us 2 months to built, she produced lots of sweat, many many hours spent in Home Depot or Lowes, lots of 2 by 4s loaded into the truck, lots of screws, bolts, washers, we spent approximately 1500 cable ties to secure fencing and roof netting.
Okay, now we are off to put up the green fencing. We have plentiful deer in the area so this was pretty much necessary.
Garden is deer and bird proof. We put a green fencing up and actually we have 2 netted roofs, one though effective for larger birds still not small enough for small ones, small birds were attacking our strawberries with a strong force so we hand to get a netting with smaller holes, it took us 4 days to make it, you wouldn’t believe what we went through to get it done. We bought one roll of bird netting , we could have bought a large netting on ebay, but they were just waaaaaaay too expensive. So using a fishing nylon and on all fours on our lawn we sewed it together to make a large enough netting to cover the whole garden and more.
When I look back at things we have done it seems impossible for 2 people to do it all, but with the determination it can be done.
Also there are 2 support beams in the structure of the garden, just to be on the safe side that it is not going to collapse on us.
Bellow you can see the first netting, that at the end was not effective and small birds still got in and were damaging our crops, we bought that on ebay, leftovers were used to build a climbing wall for our beans.
In July things started to move quickly, everything is growing rapidly, we’ve been harvesting lots of beans, and just a few days ago we picked first cherry tomatoes. Zucchinis are proving to be abundant this year as well. Strawberries we planted have grown sufficiently since April, and every day I pick about a handful or so.
I’ve been cooking lots of vegetable dishes, soups and been doing lots of grilling. I love veggies on the grill. Mostly I’m enjoying being able to see how everything grows and turns itself into a fruit /crop. I checked on carrots they are looking great too. We had the first kohlrabi, tender and juicy. Tomatoes have grown so much, we had to install a new extension for them to grow on, they are ranging from 7ft(2m) to 10ft (3m) tall and still growing.
The tallest variety is “sweet100”, at 10ft )3m), doing great and producing lots of tasty cherry tomatoes.