Our Garden

This year we decided to start our very own garden. We were super excited to get started but nervous that we were going to screw up. We read many stories online about gardening and the do’s and don’t’s of gardening but we still felt like we were going to get something wrong. It’s a little intimidating! This is how we got started….

1st RESEARCH– Before we began, we sat down and wrote a list of foods that we would actually eat. I didn’t want to start a garden with foods that I didn’t eat often and wind up wasting what we were growing. We also looked into what foods were compatible with each other, also known as companion planting. Believe it or not many things don’t grow well together such as eggplant and lettuce. Lastly, we planned out our garden at this website and through this planning site we knew how big our garden would have to be and how far apart our produce requirements were.

2nd LOCATION– Location is very important depending on what you decide to plant. Some foods require full sun, while others require 1/2 sun and 1/2 shade. You want to choose a location that is convenient to you. Remember: you will be picking weeds, pulling food when it’s ready and watering your garden daily so choose a location not too far from your water source. We chose the farthest left corner of our yard since we have a spout there that is connected to our house water. My husband marked out the location of the garden and so it began.

3rd PREPARATION– My husband dug up the sod with a shovel and moved it to the far right of my lawn where my property tends to grade down. Once the grass was up we started tilling the dirt. Starting at one end of the marked out area with our tiller, we went across the soil one row at a time. We added organic compost that we purchased since our compost bin is brand new and not quite ready to be added.

4th PLANTING– The rule of thumb for planting is to make the hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the size of the container the plant is in. This way you will have extra soil to backfill in around the plant. Gently remove the plant from the container and carefully tease the roots apart to loosen them from the root ball. Place the plant in the soil at the same level it was in the container or pot. You want your plant even with the top of the soil, except for tomatoes which prefer to have their stem buried. Gently firm the soil in place around the plant to remove any spaces. Create a water basin by making a raised mound of soil a few inches tall all around the perimeter of the new hole.

YOU’RE DONE!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Now you have to keep up with watering, feeding ( I purchased Espoma All Natural Organic herb and vegetable food) and pruning. I try to get into my garden daily to do all 3.

ESSENTIALS: Spade, garden fork, soaking hose, hoe, hand weeder, gloves and wheelbarrow (or bucket) for moving around mulch, soil, compost, food etc.

 

We have tomatoes, green peppers and marigolds (to keep away the rabbits) in a raised bed that I purchased from Lowes. Instead of tilling the soil, my husband dug up the sod and added organic soil to the bed.

In the rows we have eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, rainbow swiss chard, lettuce (the leafy kind), basil & asparagus.

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Yellow Zucchini starter plants

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Tomatoes, green peppers and marigold starter plants

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Cucumber, eggplant, swiss chard, basil and lettuce starter plants

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Our garden is growing

 

 

 

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Our first harvest. Hunter was very excited to pick the food with mommy. He even helped wash everything.

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