About five years ago, my sweet husband created this blog for me. He was sure that I was going to love having a space to journal about my babies and record our photography even though I told him over and over again that I didn’t have time for it. He created this web site anyway.
So maybe he knows me better than I know myself.
For about two years, he’s been trying to convince me to have a garden. He’s sure I will love it, but I have protested and brought back my tried and true excuse. I don’t have time for it. He researched it anyway.
He found this book and bought it from Amazon:
Apparently square foot gardens are not a new idea, but they are new to us. This method really seems to makes sense to me. I don’t have to work in my soil worrying about Ph and other things I know nothing about, and I only grow what I need. I thought he was moving in the right direction. When he told me he would build the box for me and help with the planting, I finally conceded.
People spend years trying to get the right soil balance for their gardens. I literally spent one day driving to different nurseries and buying all the soil (plus a few flowers to plant in containers on the deck). Already this gardening thing seemed easier than I was expecting.
Then we spent a Saturday making the boxes. I use the term “we” very loosely here. I really mean Ken. I helped stain the outside and I made sure he had a drink when he was thirsty. That was pretty much my involvement of the building process.
This guy is committed to trying to get me to garden.
Next we laid down a big tarp and started mixing all those bags of soil together. The kids really got into this job. Even though we told them they were basically shoveling cow and chicken poo, they didn’t care. I’m afraid the phrase “Don’t lay in it!” had to be said more than once.
Also, I should tell you that this is pretty much the way Edie’s hair looks when are at home. That girl can sport a fro! Normally, I would have brushed her hair before I dared pull out my camera, but this point and shoot is making me do crazy things! It’s changing me, I tell ya’!
Next we hauled our boxes to the back yard and filled them with our dirt.
That was pretty much a full day for us…making the boxes and mixing the dirt. So we waited until Sunday afternoon to attach the grid and plant our seeds.
While Ken worked on making the grid, Edie and I got the seeds ready.
We are planting tomatoes, corn, spinach, bell peppers, sweet peppers, carrots, onions, watermelons, strawberries,cucumbers, green beans, many kinds of lettuce, basil, cilantro, thyme, and oregano. Plus some morning glories, sunflowers, and marigolds to make it pretty. I love that we can plant so much in such a little bit of space. We haven’t proved that this method works yet, but if it does, I might just become a gardener.
Edie picked out our labels for us.
Next, we laid out where each seed was to be planted.
Then we stuck them in the dirt!
It’s been twelve days since we planted everything, and our seeds have all come up (with the exception of the oregano). We didn’t use seeds for the strawberries, peppers, and tomatoes because it would have been too late in the season by the time they started producing fruit. But the plants that we planted seem to be thriving as well.
We go out every morning and water the boxes. Since we are new to this gardening thing, we are pretty much following the book step by step. It recommends using cups for watering, and so that is what we do. This really is better for the kids anyway because they can actually water the garden instead of watching me do it with the hose. Edie has really taken a lot of ownership of this project which has been fun to watch. She can hardly contain herself when she finds a new seed sprouting. Seriously…think Christmas morning.
One last picture of her sitting by her garden. I’m hoping that her enthusiasm will overflow into her actually eating some of the fruits of our labor. Hopefully, we’ll know soon!