My Gardens


We moved at end of 2013 to a new house and my flower beds during the 2014 and 2015 seasons have been be a work in progress. We have a 77.5' x 172' lot with a ranch house. In front of the house I have 2 flower beds. Behind the house I have a rhubarb patch, a 24' x 20' vegetable garden, 2 Earthbox planted with green pepper, 2 flower beds, and a rock garden. Where front and back flower beds are now there were 15 forty year old evergreen bushes that I in the spring of 2015 finished cutting down and digging out.

In the spring of 2014, I split the 8 varieties of daylilies I had at the old house three ways leaving 1/3 of each at the old house and put the other 2 parts temporarily in the back flower bed of the new house along with 6 varieties of lilies I dug at the old house. In the October of 2014 I planted 60 Kaufmanniana bulbs (3 varieties), 50 Scillia bulbs (2 varieties), 50 Emperor tulips (5 varieties), and 50 daffodils (5 varieties). I also moved the one of each of the daylilies and most of the lilies from the back flowerbed to their permanent locations in the locations in the front flower beds.

The tomatoes are spaced 21" apart and each are in a square tomato cage 48" tall and 18" square with a two 4 foot rebar to keep them from falling over.

The crops in the Vegetable Garden will start rotating in 2016. In 2016 the different crops will rotate to the right with the corn going to the area where the cucumber and zucchini are this year.

 I have erected 4 six foot tall, 22" wide wrought iron trellis supported by 5 foot rebar for the cucumber to climb. This allows the vines to climb up off the ground  and be in an area 6' long and 4' wide and keeps most of the cucumber not touching the ground. Since 2010 my production is higher and I have loose fewer cucumber to rot.

Cucumber trellis cucumbers on trellis
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Flower & Vegetable Garden Layout

Vegetable garden

Below are pictures of the 2 Earthbox on a cart at the old house with New Ace green pepper  These are now located next to the deck in the back yard.  For more info about the Earthbox growing system, see

Two days after transplanting the pepper plants (5/17/05)

Three weeks later (6/4/05)

Three weeks later (6/25/05)

First picking!!!  72 peppers!!!

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Here is the plan for my flower beds for 2015. The color refers to when the different flowers bloom.   Also Summer of 2015 Black Eyed Susan's, Sedium and other perennials will be planted in the flower gardens.

I start my own seedlings under a grow light in my basement. The first Saturday of February I start my green peppers and the first Saturday of March I start the cucumber. The third Saturday of March I start the tomatoes and zucchini. Here are a couple of pictures showing my grow light and seedlings:

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Growlight Feb 13 2014 Seedlings March 21, 2014 (left) Grow light February 13, 2014.
(right) Picture of seed tray March 21, 2014 seven days after the tomatoes were started. Underneath the seed tray I use a 40 watt heating mat to maintain a temp of ~60 degrees. The concrete floor was 40 degrees when I checked the first week of February!
Growlight March 29, 2014 Seedlings March 29, 2014 (left) Grow light March 29, 2014.
(right) March 29, 2014; peppers after 9 weeks, cucumber after 5 weeks, zucchini and tomatoes after 2 weeks.
Seedlings May 5th (left) Grow light May 5, 2014.
(right) May 5, 2014 peppers 14 weeks after seed planting, zucchini 10 weeks after seed planting, tomatoes 7 weeks after seed planting.

In 2003 I found the original plans for my grow light on Cornell University's "Garden Resource's"  page (

I built the double shop light version of the grow light in 2003. The following year I made it wider by replacing the four 17" pieces of pipe with four 24" pieces and added a third shop light.

The next year (2005), I added a fourth shop light. I had originally planned to widen the stand but I noticed that my lights were not fitting thru (between) the legs on each side. So... what I did was lengthen it by 8".

I took the two 49" pieces off the bottom and cut them so that they were now 8" longer than the 2 long pieces at the top. Then I replaced the bottom pieces with two 59" pieces. This modification now allows a shop light to hang between the legs making room for 4 shop lights. This allows me to have 4 trays side by side and 2 at the end (see below). Since 2006 (as seen in pictures above) I have used 5 shop light and had 6 seed trays.

In 2014 I added an additional  6" length of PVC to the top and bottom of the sides allowing me to add a 24" mini fluorescent light at one end of my growlight allowing me to have 7 1/2 seed trays under my growlight.

Growlight tray layout

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