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this is a garden auger.  feel the power.

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as you can tell from the four bamboo posts already in, we drilled a small but deep hole at an 65ish degree angle.  this helps the poles to lean in

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then its time to use your muscles and jam the pole firmly into place.  many blisters and sore muscles will ensue.

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in general, we aimed to sink the poles about 12 inches into the ground

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if you make a really intense face, the pole will go in easier

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even i had to bring out the guns and help

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finally! all eight poles are in.  we designed this system using 1 pole every 2 feet – the boxes are 8 feet long, so that comes out to 4 poles on each side.  is this the best design?  not sure – this will be a year of trial and error

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a few shots of the (nearly) finished product from a couple different angles.  (later we secured all the post tops together by mounting a horizontal pole across the top and lashing them together)

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the first two boxes hold the tomatoes, basil, and squash/zucchini/cukes/pumpkins/watermelon (both boxes eventually had trellises installed over them).  the last box, the potatoes and onions

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the lettuce has really started to fill in

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this box has really started to take off – thankfully it won’t need trellises like the other two.

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a closer look…

strawberries

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pepper buds

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a pot of parsley, oregano, and basil i bought last weekend at the farmer’s market

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the rest of the tomato seedling stragglers.  these guys will hopefully catch up in the growth department

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what jackson has in his mouth 95% of the time

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