How fair is a garden…

This year for Mother’s Day, my family planted our new square foot garden together. The girls & I built it on Friday while David was at work. I had the friendly folks at the lumber yard cut the 16 foot board into 4 foot sections, then hammered them together with 3.5 inch nails. Easy peasy!

I poured in the mixture of soil, compost & vermiculite and the girls smoothed it out, pushing and lightly tamping it into place with their garden spades. They were very excited to be getting dirty and couldn’t wait to transplant our seedlings! Alas, we waited a bit while a passing shower came through.

Lovely Lakin
Shy Addah

Once the clouds moved along, I tapped in little nails at 1-foot marks along each side and we used rainbow cotton yarn to create our grid pattern. Now it’s transplanting time!

When we decided to plant a garden this year, David and I made a list of vegetables that we all love, that we’ve grown before, and then considered our space requirements before coming up with our garden plan. This may not work perfectly, and some things may end up outgrowing the space and needing to be moved again, but we have a large and mostly sunny yard, so that’s doable. For starters though, this is our garden plan.

And here she is, in all her glory! Our bean, lettuce & spinach seedlings are still tiny, so not much to see there yet, but it won’t be long. We also have a large dish container with basil, lavender & rosemary, a hanging planter with sweet mint, two large tomato plants in their own containers & a citronella plant that is really making herself appreciable now that we have mosquitoes buzzing about.

I love it! I’ve got big plans for the huge garden that I hope to have one day, when we’re not renting a tiny apartment, but for now, this makes me happy. I’m excited to know that we’ll have fresh vegetables to add to our meals later in the summer.

Next up: a pallet garden for strawberries!

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • Fantastic! I hope your garden grows beautifully for you! I love that it was a project you did with your kids! Personally, I’m a flower grower, but this year I thought I’d dabble in strawberries. I don’t have much land for a legitimate “garden” of sorts, so I tried those topsy-turvy things. Ugh… half the strawberry plants died after being shoved through the holes. Don’t know what I will get from it, but hopefully we’ll get something! Thanks for following my blog! I’m following you back, and I look forward to reading more about your family!
    Smiles, Jenn
    http://www.misadventuresinmotherhood.com

  • Heather O

    Jenn! I didn’t even see your comment until today… apparently it was one that Blogger ate last week and just now saw fit to show me! 🙂

    I did break down and buy some flowers too, a few dahlias and morning glory seeds. I want some marigolds but I have to find more places for them. 🙂 I bought a topsy-turvy tomato plant on clearance… didn’t expect much but so far it’s doing well. Come to think of it, I need to post a garden update. 😉

    Thanks for following me! 🙂

  • Jenn! I didn’t even see your comment until today… apparently it was
    one that Blogger ate last week and just now saw fit to show me! 🙂

    I
    did break down and buy some flowers too, a few dahlias and morning
    glory seeds. I want some marigolds but I have to find more places for
    them. 🙂 I bought a topsy-turvy tomato plant on clearance… didn’t
    expect much but so far it’s doing well. Come to think of it, I need to
    post a garden update. 😉

    Thanks for following me! 🙂