Monday, March 25, 2013

Bird Netting for Vegetables Raised Bed

There was a bad experience of birds that attacked our seedlings late last year, so before even planting begins this year, there are some precautions to take - setting up a bird netting over the raised bed is one of them.
It is not an expensive solution and the entire bird net is easy to set up. You start with pushing two ends of the bamboo hoops into the soil, securing them in the soil, each hoop at equal-distance across the planter bed.  These hoops are multifunctional and are able to provide stable support for long-stemmed plants and climbers as well. As the material is bamboo, they are suitable for outdoor use and will not rust easily.


When the bamboo hoops are secured, lay the bird net carefully over the bamboo. It will look something like this.





















These Bamboo U-Hoops from Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) are about $5 and the Bird Netting from Lowes is  about $6, which sets our bird netting at just under $12.



Saturday, March 16, 2013

Growing vegetables in small spaces

As this blog grows to one that encompasses the notion of being "vegetarian", one of the objectives is to achieve "farm to table" which in this case, to bring a small backyard vegetable garden to the table.

With vegetarian cooking and recipes being featured occasionally, there will be also gardening posts in the future to be shared from the perspective of us - two novice gardeners.

In the direction of limited budget and time, we hope to have at least some vegetables successfully grown in our backyard this year.

This planter bed is not huge but it came with the home. So we are going to make full use of it - at least try!

Depending on the space you have for Urban Gardening, you can always select the type of raised garden bed that is suitable for you. For example, this Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kit can be ideal for some of you. It is a stackable garden bed with one early start enclosure. There are even no tools required for assembly, and you have a full garden set-up in less than an hour. It is also constructed of UV-protected high-density polyethylene and will not rot, crack or peel.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Watermelon Salad, and Stir-Fry 西瓜两用

Something wacky about watermelon for today.

The sweet juicy watermelon used in this Watermelon Basil Salad,



































and the rind used in this Watermelon Rind Stir-Fry.

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