"Hi, I'm Erin, and my favorite hobby is gardening. I had such a great time in the garden last year that I created a raised bed for a fall garden, increase our vegetable growing area. Now seems like the perfect time of year to share it with you, as I recently finished a second one to expand my spring garden!
To construct the bed I started with overlapping layers of chicken wire and several layers of cardboard boxes to act as a barrier to weeds and gophers. I then spent a couple of hours building the box from recycled untreated fencing materials - it's 9.5' x 3.5' x 11" and it took me a couple of hours to make.
Then, I laid down about six inches of hay in the bottom of the box, and topped it off with a 1:1:1 mixture of perlite, peat moss, and compost. To help ward off pests, I surrounded the bed in the traditional way, with nasturtiums, chives, and marigolds. Occasionally I also sprinkle "Sluggo", a pet friendly snail and slug bait, around the base of the bed and between the plants.
My most successful plants last fall were Kale and Beets, and so far everything is doing well this spring - I love the changing seasons and spending time in the garden!
Thursday, April 23, 2015
My Favorite Hobby
Hello and welcome to our JET Team blog! Today sees the first of an occasional series, in which members tell us about what they love to do best - when not designing and making jewellery, of course! To start us off, Erin of ErinAustin is here to tell us a little about what she gets up to in her spare time...