GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TEICH GARDEN SYSTEM
Preparing Your Garden
Spring: Your garden needs no preparation the first year since the soil we bring in is ready to use and needs no additional amending. All you need to do is start planting!
Fall: Once you have harvested your vegetables or cut your flowers, it is time to prepare the beds for the winter. Remove the fabric staples from the landscape material. Remove the material and then clear out all the remnants of your annual plants by simply pulling them out and either composting or discarding them. Reline the beds with fresh landscape fabric and hold it in place with the fabric staples. Doing this step will keep any unwanted debris from getting embedded in your garden.
Early Spring: Due to the raised beds in your Teich Garden System and the patent pending design that keeps critters from burrowing underneath, it is imperative NEVER to use any power tillers or other power equipment to turn over your garden soil. Use only hand tools to care for your garden. You will, however, need to amend the soil with compost or natural fertilizer every spring time. Simply remove several staples from the landscape fabric and fold it back. A typical 12 x 16 garden should need 20-25 bags of compost or amenders. You need approximately 4-5 bags of soil amenders for each garden bed. Please add the amenders about two weeks before planting time and allow it to incorporate into the existing soil. The compost or amenders should be distributed evenly across the garden beds and gently worked into the soil by hand. You should then re-cover the beds with the landscape fabric.
Planting your Garden
Wait until the danger of frost is over to plant your vegetables and flowers outdoors. In the Northeast part of the country that is typically from mid April to early May. This is earlier than if you were planting directly in the ground because the combination of the raised beds and landscape fabric helps warm the soil quickly.
Plant your vegetables or flowers keeping the tallest plants on the north end or toward the back of the garden. This will avoid blocking the sun from any of the smaller plants as they grow.
When planting plants purchased at the nursery or already grown from seed, simply cut a small slit or X into the black landscape material with a small razor knife and make a small hole in the soil with your fingers or a small trowel. Place your plant in the hole, push back the soil and gently press around the plant so that it is solidly in place and water gently until moist.
When planting large seeds directly into the soil such as beans, follow the same instructions as above. When planting smaller seeds directly into the soil, such as carrots, cut a slit in the plastic and plant your seeds in a row along the slit. The general rule of thumb is to plant the seeds about twice as deep as the seed is wide. For example, smaller seed such as carrots and spinach should be planted only about ¼ to ½ inch below the surface then water until the soil is moist
Once all your plants are planted, remember to water well.
Maintaining your Garden
After planting your plants or seeds, it is important to keep them moist, so that the seed’s shell is kept moist enabling the sprout to break through. For plants, it is to allow the root system to establish.
If you are using soaker hoses or drip irrigation tubes with your Teich Garden System simply turn on the faucet for the particular bed that you would like to water and let it run until you see that the soil is quite moist, about 15 minutes. This will require a little bit of trial and error to get the watering amount correct. Every garden needs a different amount of water and after a few watering you will notice the correct amount required for your garden. Your other option is water using a handheld hose from the faucet inside your garden until the soil is moist, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Keeping weeds out of your garden is important to ensure healthy plants. The weeding of your garden will be minimized due to the landscape material. There will however, be a small amount of weeds that find their way into your garden. Weeding your garden on a consistent basis will keep your garden healthy and looking neat. Make sure you dispose of your weeds outside of the garden to prevent their seeds from getting back into the garden.
Outdoor gardens are always subject to possible issues with insects and soil conditions. We are unable to defend against insect infestation. We suggest that if you encounter any problems with your plants once they are growing, snip off a piece of the offending plant and place it in a plastic bag, take it to the local nursery and they will be able to help you. It is imperative that you handle this type of situation as soon as you see it, so that it does not spread to other plants in your garden.
Harvesting your Garden
This is the most rewarding part of your Teich Garden System. Some vegetables are best when picked slightly before they are completely ripe. This includes peas, beans, cucumbers and squash. Other vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes and peppers are best harvested when completely ripe. Pick your vegetables from the plants gently and enjoy!
Long term maintenance of your Garden
The garden is constructed using wood joinery techniques that offer an all wood environment inside the garden with no exposed metal to rust, corrode or cause injury. It is designed to require very little maintenance. Each season you should inspect the garden and look for any loose bolts or other issues that have arisen over the winter.
Prior to winter frost, it is necessary to disconnect the water source from the garden and allow it to self-drain. Open all the faucets and let the water drain out. If using the soaker hoses they can be left out for the winter or coiled up and put away. The drip irrigation tubes should be stored inside during the winter.
Every 3 to 4 years, your garden should be stained to keep it looking good and to protect the wood from the elements.
In the unlikely event your garden needs attention, please call us.
P.O. Box 706, South Salem, NY 10590
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