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The Greens Project

This functional raised bed produces a bounty of winter veggies.

It’s two days before the end of the year and the temperature is in the mid 60’s.  Clouds are alternating with dazzling sun.

This morning I walked down to see how my vegetables fared during our recent 19 degree nights.

My veggies live in raised beds inside the electric fence that encloses my nursery.  This utilitarian arrangement became necessary because the winter greens that I craved were being rapidly consumed on the Deer Salad Bar.

I decided that while I was making a move, I would devise a couple of new and improved veggie beds.

The beds are made of two courses of stacked concrete blocks.  They are 16′ long and about 3′ wide.

Sorrel and mustard mingle in my raised beds.

A section of cattle panel (which is cheap heavy duty fencing) serves as a trellis on the north side of each bed.

The beds have wonderful drainage.  They get watered when I irrigate the nursery.

If I’m feeling lazy, I can sit on the side of the bed to harvest my lettuce!

I bent 1/2″ pvc pipe over the top of the beds.  Now I easily cover the plants with canvas painter’s dropcloths when the temperatures plummet.

It’s a nice arrangement.

Right now I have parsley, cilantro, sorrel, broccoli, kale, chard, lettuce, mustard, Chinese cabbage and onions that are ready to eat.

Mr. Anole enjoys basking on a red mustard leaf.

I have young spinach, carrots, turnips and frisee coming along.

I will plant snow peas and English peas to climb the trellis in a few weeks.

It’s a continuing process.

The beds are a verdant oasis during the dreary winter days so I enjoy visiting and harvesting.

Today I scared off an anole lizard who was sunning himself on an Asian red mustard leaf.

I had no idea that The Greens Project would also provide a winter vacation spot for the lizards.


 

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