The concrete block garden beds have proven to be winners.
Yep, we will definitely be adding more of these to the yard next year.
They were fun to plant up, have been incredibly easy to maintain, and are FULLY LOADED with delicious goodies.
I may have overplanted a little, (I knew better than to put a zucchini plant in there, but did it anyway and I’ve had to stake it in a few spots to let the sun break through for a couple of things on the other side) but everything seems to be really thriving. Even the stuff in all the side squares is doing great. You can really get a good amount of produce going in one of this size and as I mentioned in a previous post, they were easy and inexpensive to build.
Lots of compost and regular applications of a soil amendment have also helped make these beds vibrant and healthy.
I played around with a little ‘product testing’ of my own with these two beds and it’s been interesting to see the results so far. The bed on the left is untreated. The bed on the right has been regularly treated with a microbial product called Thrive.
You should all know by now that I’m not one to push products but when I find something that actually works and has been created by people who are also committed to the educational component of their business, I will enthusiastically share what I experience. I’ve really learned a lot about the role bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi play in our gardening efforts over the past couple of years and it’s been exciting to actually SEE for myself what a difference it can make. If we take good care of the soil beneath us…it, in turn, will continue to take care of us.
Cheers to backyard gardens!