We have a garden! Like a real live vegetable filled GARDEN! I’ve been wanting to get it done since the end of April and it’s taken us this long to get it all together. Our back yard is kinda swampy and surrounded by boulders (literally). So, my husband and his bff built us a little box (ok, a huge box) that actually kinda reminds me of a pool filled with dirt.
“In the morning, I’m going to come right out to the garden and pick a strawberry for breakfast!”
After the box was built, Lydia, Les, Asa and I went to work. We filled it with dirt (yes, we actually BOUGHT some dirt-ugh), dug holes for the plants, watered and generally got dirty and sweaty. It was glorious. Literally. It was so fun to see Lydia picking up big piles of trash and playing with rocks and rubbing mud on her face. Asa played happily on the porch by himself and then would occasionally want to fill up his watering can and get involved. It felt fine to be so…dirty and sweaty together!
It took us so long we were out till past dark and Lydia never complained. She worked hard and with complete obedience and happiness. It was awesome to be doing something hard with her…but at the same time watching her rise to the challenge. I’m excited to do more hard stuff–to let her remember to take care of it daily, to make cute garden signs, to gauge it’s growth and to harvest it together!
Now, all I have to do is figure out…well, what else to do. I know it needs water…and sun. But is there anything else I need to do? Are there special considerations for special kinds of plants? We’ve got tomatoes, assorted bell peppers, strawberries, cantaloupe, cucumbers, assorted herbs, onions and…something else, oh yeah, squash.
Do you know any newbie gardening blogs? Do you have any tips for this wannabe?
linked to the amazing amy & her finer things friday!