this is a garden auger. feel the power.
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
then its time to use your muscles and jam the pole firmly into place. many blisters and sore muscles will ensue.
in general, we aimed to sink the poles about 12 inches into the ground
if you make a really intense face, the pole will go in easier
even i had to bring out the guns and help
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
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)
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
the lettuce has really started to fill in
this box has really started to take off – thankfully it won’t need trellises like the other two.
a closer look…
a pot of parsley, oregano, and basil i bought last weekend at the farmer’s market
the rest of the tomato seedling stragglers. these guys will hopefully catch up in the growth department
what jackson has in his mouth 95% of the time