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Gardening at the Espelien’s

Gardening at the Espelien’s 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

My father loved to garden. When I was a young boy he only grew ornamental plants in our small backyard in St. Paul, MN.  When we moved to the suburbs (better schools, closer to his job) he was able to designate a large piece of our backyard to growing fruits and vegetables.  The front and side yards got more of the ornamental – but the new layered produce garden got most of his attention. An engineer by training and trade (although he never finished his degree as pesky youngsters started arriving to crowd the little house on Wilder Ave.) he became meticulous in his planning.  The upper tier did not start all strawberries – but it soon became that due to the creeping nature of the plants.  We had June berries, mid-berries and late berries and the quality was always just okay – not sure if it was soil or he just could not wait to pick them (or perhaps we lost all of the good ones to the critters – maybe one day I will tell the woodchuck stories which are hilarious or the bunny stories which are sort of sad) but the berries never were the greatest.  Either were the odd things he would plant – broccoli, asparagus, Kohlrabi, etc. – not sure the ground was right and weather in Minnesota was always problematic – but the Kohlrabi was always a weird taste experience. Tomatoes – on the other hand – were a thing of beauty.  I remember when the entire middle level of the garden was tomatoes – almost too many varieties to count and all with his one garden hack: a coffee can with nail holes punched in the bottom.  You filled the can with water and the water would slowly drip out to keep the…

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elevated garden

Planting Your Eco Garden Gardening Bed

Planting Your Eco Garden Gardening Bed 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

[slider_gallery ids=”3245,3247,3252,3251,3248,3255,3244″] I think with anyone who starts or maintains a garden in the ground, the question each year is, should I try a raised garden bed this year?  Do they work and do they really eliminate the headache of weeding and watering?  Are they easy to build and how much time and money will I put in to them?  And, of course, the magic question, will they last? Well, the eco garden system self-watering bed is that one raised garden bed that can answer those questions and more when it comes to gardening in raised beds.  The Eco Garden will have less weeds and eliminate the worry of overwatering or underwatering.  The Eco Garden system gardening bed is easy to assemble and easy to plant.  Manufactured out of a high grade LDPE that is food-contact ready, it will last a long time through the years with very little wear and tear.  Once you have assembled your garden, the next important thing to do is find a great location for your garden. We recommend choosing a spot that gets at least 6 to 8 hours of sun.  When you decide where that spot is you need to think about how to level the ground for this type of garden.  The Eco garden has a reservoir tank at the bottom which holds water that should be level in order to maintain water consistently.  If you have a hard surface such as cement or gravel this works well to ensure that the garden does not sink over time or become uneven making it hard to maintain a consistent water level. Having a water source close is ideal because you will need to replenish the water about every two weeks.   Now that you have an ideal spot and your garden is set it is time to…

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