Garden Layout: Companion Planting – An Israelite’s Garden

Shalom Israel MHNCB,

Today as promised I’m going to be sharing with you my fall/winter garden layout plan. And also share with you the way I used Permaculture/Companion planting for my garden.

So I built a Raised Bed (if you haven’t seen it you can check it out Here) and I wanted to go pesticide free and make my garden as organic and self-sustainable as I possibly could, now when planting your vegetables, herbs, etc.. there are a few things you should keep in mind;

  1. Location, you want to make sure your plants get enough sunlight to grow healthy, and in the afternoon get enough shade so they don’t get heat exhaustion.
  2. You have to consider the plants’ preferred sun exposure, meaning if the plant likes to get direct sunlight or likes the shade more.
  3. You have to put the bigger plants in the back or where they can protect the other plants from the sun and wind conditions (while still considering their preferred sun exposure) and the smaller plants in the front. Now in my garden the smaller plants go facing the south because that’s where the sun hits during the day and the bigger plants go in the north side of my garden so they don’t block the smaller plants from getting sunlight unless the smaller plants prefer shade (always keep in mind their preferred sun exposure it’s very important for healthy abundant veggies)
  4. Make sure the plants get along and don’t start fighting. It might sound funny but some plants just don’t like each other and should not be planted together.
  5. They support each other. Some plants will attract beneficial insects or provide certain nutrients to the dirt that another plant needs. Or just like the three sisters planting method you use the corn to provides a structure for the beans to climb.

     The three crops benefit from each other. The maize provides a structure for the beans to climb, eliminating the need for poles. The beans provide the nitrogen to the soil that the other plants use, and the squash spreads along the ground, blocking the sunlight, helping prevent establishment of weeds. The squash leaves also act as a “living mulch“, creating a microclimate to retain moisture in the soil, and the prickly hairs of the vine deter pests   – Wikipedia

  6. Use Permaculture/Companion Planting for a self-sustainable veggie garden. (Relates to #4)  As I said earlier I wanted to go pesticide-free using permaculture for a self-sustainable garden. If you put the right plants together you can make a system of plants that will help each other, build each other up, and defend each other. Check out this Companion Planting Guide. The Three sisters method is the best example.

Be Careful!

  • Do not plant around walnut trees. Walnut trees release a chemical into the soil that makes it very difficult for other plants to grow around it.
  • Do not plant your garden around large trees and shrubs. They will compete for nutrients and sunlight, and your garden will suffer.

 

Late Summer/Early Fall Veggie Herb Garden

My garden layout consists of mainly vegetables & herbs.

At each corner we have Marigolds: repels aphids, mosquitoes and even rabbits and nematodes.

Starting at the very first row we have the marigolds, and in the next 4 squares we have bush and pole beans. Beans are helpful to cucumbers and cabbage: The beans take few nutrients from the soil and add nitrogen, while cucumbers and cabbage are heavy feeders and need rich soil to produce well. Next to the bush and pole beans we have peas.

2nd Row: Rosemary, , eggplant, cucumbers, dill, dill, radishes, cilantro, jalapeno/peppers.

3rd Row: carrots, long green onions, garlic, garlic, cabbage, onions, basil, tomatillo.

4th and last row:oregano, kale, thyme, celery, spinach, cauliflower, tomatoes.

I never expected my garden to grow so fast! All Praises To The Most High. I’ll keep posting updates on my Instagram.

Garden Layout: Companion Planting - An Israelite's Garden

 


Shalom MHNCB!

D.I.Y Raised Bed – An Israelite’s Garden

Shalom Israel MHNCB!

 

I’m so excited to be writing this post, Gardening is a love my mom/teacher instilled in me as a little girl and looking back I couldn’t be more grateful to her All Praises!

So I’m going to be showing you around my garden in process and I stress ‘in process’ because I’m finally able to put it together from prayer and paper to actually in my backyard. All Praises To The Most High!

In the first part of my garden I’m going to be showing you my raised bed which is crucial in my garden because the conditions my soil is in is horrible, so I built a raised bed frame.

So the whole family got together to make this Box;

  • The Most High Blessed Us, And made all this possible and much much more.
  • My lord got the skids, the tools, and the dirt, and more.
  • My mom gave me the idea for the raised bed (Years ago), and tons of other important things which I can’t remember at the moment.
  • I got the garbage bags, seeds/flowers, and garden hoses etc, etc…
  • My Siblings helped with putting in some good elbow grease & more.

We all helped each other. Even the animals,

 


 

(Please excuse the absence of some picture/examples but I will be making this box again, so next time I’ll definitely show you how to make it step by step)

But anyways, I got the idea of a raised bed from my mom so I looked on You Tube to get some ideas and examples and saw The Crafty Gemini’s tutorial on how to make a raised bed under $15. Which her tutorial I believe is the easiest way to make a raised bed. Thanks Crafty Gemini! If you want to check out her tutorial on how to make a raised bed which I recommend I’ll link it Here. So basically I used her tutorial but I just played around with the length, and the materials instead of getting wood from the hardware store I just asked my lord to get me some skids.

And this is what I got to work with,

Raised Bed - D.I.Y Skids

I  used a jigsaw to slice down the sides, I tried to take the skids apart by removing the nails but I wasn’t really going anywhere. This wood was so tough.

So after I took apart some skids this is what I was left with,

Planks of wood taken from skids

I didn’t know how but I had to make a raised bed with these pieces of wood,

so I wanted to make the box 8’× 4′. Obviously these planks of wood were not 8 ft long nor 4 ft wide so I had to improvise.

What I did was take two planks of wood and connect them together and cut off anything longer than the width and length and then I connected them with a separate plank of wood.

Now I cut the separate plank of wood 12″ (1 ft)

Planks of wood taken from skids

And then I measured 3″ from the edge of each plank seam and laid my 12 ft piece on top of my impromptu plank and drilled it in place.

Raised Beds Planks of wood D.I.Y Skids

I wanted my raised bed to be 6 in tall so I placed another set of improptu planks on top of those planks to make it taller,(I hope I didn’t confuse you) then I drilled them in place with another separate plank (which are the ones you see sticking out on the sides in the picture below) I didn’t cut those pieces that where sticking out because i’m going to use those to anchor the raised bed into the ground.

Once I was done making impromptu planks, this is what I then had to make a box. Note: I do have a top piece up there but I didn’t get it in this picture. I do have 4 sides though.

Raised Beds Planks of wood D.I.Y SkidsSo if you’ve seen The Crafty Gemini’s tutorial you would know what I’m doing here.Raised Bed D.I.Y out of plank of woodI’m basically screwing on a thicker piece of wood on to my planks so that when I screw it all together it will be strong enough to hold together.

Raised Bed D.I.Y out of plank of wood

So after screwing it all together this is my finished product ain’t she a beauty!

Next I placed the box where I planned to put it and I ‘traced’ around it with a garden hoe mattock,

D.I.Y Raised Bed out of Skids

(Optional) I then moved the frame out and dug 5-6″ into the ground to keep the frame sturdy in place.

D.I.Y Raised Bed out of Skids

Once the digging was finished I cut down the sides of black garbage bags and placed them on the ground (not pictured sorry), I held the bags in place with rocks (remove the rocks when you finish placing the frame.) Then I laid my frame in place.

D.I.Y Raised Bed out of Skids

And of course your going to fill it with a truck load of dirt or bags of dirt which ever is cheaper/better for you.

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(My Lord & Sister helping me fill the raised bed with dirt)

After we filled the bed with dirt I measured 12″ along the Length and Width of the box. Putting a dot every 12 inches,

Then we leveled out the dirt and hammered nails on each marked dot,

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Then I used pastele thread (or you can use Twine or Rope) to make a grid wrapping & tying the thread around each nail, make sure to hammer down completely each nail to avoid getting scratched or hurt later.

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And Your Done! Woo hoo Another Step Towards             Self-Sufficiency 

I love raised beds because,

  1. they are so cute,
  2. organized
  3. it keeps your veggies clean with animals out of the vegtables, like my pets
  4. it’s easy to manage one spot of your backyard

Now I’m sure you’re wondering why there are flowers on each corner of the raised bed those flowers are marigolds, and that’s because I decided that for my garden I wanted to do companion planting to minimize the use of pesticides. But I’ll leave that for another post where I’ll share my garden layout (which changes each season) and explain more in detail what companion planting is and how to use it to layout your veggies, herbs & more.

Shalom Until Next Time, MHNCB


 

 

 

 

 

D.I.Y Rain Barrel * EASY * – An Israelite’s Garden

Shalom Israel MHNCB!

Today I’m going to be showing you how to make a D.I.Y Rain Barrel *Easy*

 

D.I.Y Rain Barrel
D.I.Y Rain Barrel

I’m so happy to be sharing this with you Brothers and Sisters, one more step towards lowering that water bill! While it’s not so much on the cheap side at least it’s cheaper than the water bill eh.

So in order to make this rain barrel your going to need to buy a couple of things, and if you don’t already have the tools then you can borrow them from a brother or sister who could lend you a hand or you’ll have to buy them.

  1. A Barrel or a Trash Can (Clean and/or Unused): There’s so many variations to making a rain barrel that I just decided to go with a trash can because rain barrels are a lot on the expensive side unless you have one lying around that would be amazing. I bought a Rubbermaid 32 Gal. Trash Can for $29.97 @ Home Depot. I know pretty expensive but for the rain that I caught with this can is AMAZING! It was so worth it.
  2. A Bulk Head Union Neo Washer: You use this little guy for support to then attach the Drain valve. I used a 1/2″ bulkhead union neo washer. $13.99 @ Home Depot.
  3. Brass Boiler Drain Valve: This is basically the open and close switch to get the water out either by attaching a hose or just opening the valve and filling a watering can. Pretty self explanatory. I used a 1/2″ drain valve.$5.99 @ Home Depot.

  4. Window Screen: I used screen from an old window but you could buy a roll of screen at home depot for about $7.48 a roll. You use this to avoid bugs getting in and contaminating your water or fly’s laying larvae. Eeww!

  5. Little Rocks: I have a whole bunch of little rocks in my backyard. You use rocks again to avoid fly’s getting in, the rocks make it harder for the fly’s to get in thus you have fly free water. If they do manage to get through the rocks the screen will be there to stop them.
  6. Bricks: To raise your barrel off the ground, because if the barrel is directly on the ground you’ll start having a problem with disgusting insects, worms, and/or cienpies (I think their called centipedes in English) crawling out from under the barrel. I love gardening but I’m so grossed out at bugs and insects unless they’re a benefit to my plants. You’ll also want to raise the barrel so it can be easier to connect a water hose or to fill a watering can.
  7. A Drill, and a spade bit. I used a 1″ spade bit.
  8. Thread Seal Tape: for the bulk head washer and the drain valve.
  9. Gutters: Your going to place the barrel right under the gutter to collect all that amazing free water!
  10. Rain

Step 1:

Take your barrel or trash can and drill a hole 3″ from the bottom of the barrel.

D.I.Y Rain Barrel
D.I.Y Rain Barrel
D.I.Y Rain Barrel
D.I.Y Rain Barrel

Step 2.

Wrap thread seal tape around the Bulk Head Neo Washer and screw it in from the outside of the barrel then screw and tighten it in place on the inside with the inner screw (not pictured sorry), same goes for the drain valve wrap it with thread seal tape and then screw it into the opening of the bulk head neo washer,

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Step 3. Place your barrel under the gutter and get a ton of bricks and stack them up on top of each other high enough to have enough space to attach a hose and place a watering can underneath.

D.I.Y Rain Barrel
D.I.Y Rain Barrel

Step 4. Drill an opening on the lid of the barrel or you can also drill 1/2″ or 1″ holes on the top, and then place your screen on top. However you choose to lay the screen is up to you,

D.I.Y Rain Barrel
D.I.Y Rain Barrel

Step 5. Place your little rocks on top of your lid/screen until the lid is completely covered,

 

And Your Done!


Lastly and Most Importantly You need to wait for a rainy day. Or a Thunder Storm! 

I had to wait three days for rain, and when it rained it poured my rain barrel was full to the tippy top APTTMH!

It overflowed!

 

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Yes I did actually go outside in the thunderstorm to take pictures, I was so excited!

I’m so happy with my rain barrel, I can’t even explain how happy I am, anyways I hope you enjoyed today’s post.

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APTTMH I was able to make this rain barrel it’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for such a long time. Please brothers and sisters it’s time for us to become self-sufficient.

Take that first step.

Shalom.