With the predicted last frost behind us, I set to work on the garden this week. Phew! My arms and hands are feelin’ it, too! I’m an apartment dwelling softie…that’s so fixin’ to change. And I couldn’t be happier about it!
First I measured out where the garden fence would go, thanks to my little helper holding on to the other end of the measuring tape. Then I tore up the grass where the plots would be. I can’t even believe how much dirt and grass came up! I filled both the empty trash cans that we had behind the shed…but don’t you worry, I’ve got plans for it. You’ll be seeing it again in a future post.
After that, the husband man helped haul the 10 bags of manure that I had purchased earlier that day, to the yard. Then we borrowed the neighbors rototiller and he tilled it into the plots.
Then we got crackin’ on the fence. It was getting dark, but we wanted to finish before the next day…tiny foot marks are only cute the first time…
I purchased six 5′ metal fence posts and six 6′ bamboo poles. The metal posts were for the corners and either side of the gate. Then the bamboo were to help stabilize the chicken wire. And until we make a garden gate, those trash cans of dirt have a temporary home!
The next day I got out and measured and marked the square-foot sections in each plot. I used scraps of wood and bamboo I found in the shed, and sticks and branches from the yard…super
ghetto frugal of me, right?
Then my little helpers got to enter the garden and help plant. It was an exercise in patience for me, for sure – it’s tough managing two littles in such a confined space, most of which they are forbidden from walking on, aaand helping them plant tiny seeds! But it was worth it, they had a good time helping me plant two of the four plots. And I love that they got to be a part of it!
We found this little guy hanging around nearby….this is probably an omen of things to come…but for now the girls and I oo-ed and aah-ed at his bright green tiny self.
Then I hurried up and finished the other two plots and watered it. With the exception of the potatoes and the herbs, which I have yet to purchase, everything is in the ground!
As I looked at the garden from my kitchen table yesterday afternoon, I couldn’t help but be super happy and excited.
…and anxious about birds and squirrels going in there and ruining it all! Cobalt, our fearless feline, was on bird patrol though, and he’s a proven bird hunter, so that was a little reassuring. I still think I’ll end up getting some netting eventually…I’m way too excited for some delicious sugar snap peas…
Anyway, I digress.
I just experienced so much happiness and anticipation for the produce we’re attempting to grow. We have a garden planted, and a chicken coop underway. We’re finally living this dream. Finally. I guarantee I will cry whenever we harvest our first vegetable or collect our first egg.
It’s a good two months away until we will harvest anything, but as I planted each variety of seed, my mouth watered. It got me thinking, I really kinda wished I had planted more! And this led me to a totally out of the way and unused area of landscaping next to the back wall of our house…a little measuring and I discovered I can plant 28 more square feet right there! It will only get few hours of sunlight, but I already have some rough plans for that area. I’ll be posting my new additional garden plans soon. Until then,