Monday, May 20, 2013

It's Garden Time!

Well, it happened. We actually made a garden! Anna and Scott came down this weekend with a rented tiller, tools, soil and manure and we all got to work clearing out the old, existing garden in our backyard.

I'm sure that when the old lady that lived here before us was here, this garden was lovely and full of flowers but when we moved in, the garden stopped being weeded and it quickly became over grown. That's why it looks so unruly!

So we started digging out all the old flowers, bushes, weeds and grass and then it started to look like this might actually become a garden!

Adam and Anna tried their hand at the tiller which I assumed was a giant machine that would rip up the ground (weeds and all) but is really just a motorized aerator.

Then Anna made rows out of our freshly tilled soil. It turns out we actually had pretty awesome soil and didn't end up needing any of the topsoil that they brought down with them and based on the level of growth that was there before, I feel like it's safe to say that we won't have any trouble growing things in this dirt.

Then came time for my favorite part: planting the seeds.

We planted peas, carrots, onions, kale, and spinach and once it warms up we're going to plant squash, zucchini, beans and cucumbers too! I'd like to eventually plant some sweet potato and rhubarb and also get some blueberry bushes but that might have to wait until next year.

Mya wasn't as great at gardening as we were hoping but hopefully she'll get better once she learns the do's and dont's (do: wear shoes and gloves, don't: walk on top of the rows). She suffered one toe injury (2 foot injuries total so far this year) and yet she will not wear shoes outside. Part of me can't blame her but the other part of me can when she complains and whines later about her foot hurting.

I germinated the seeds we'd be planting a few days ahead to give them a head start since we were late getting them in the ground this year. Some took really well and others not so much. The kale germinated really well but the peas, carrots and spinach only had a few seeds that sprouted. I'm hoping that they still take to the soil and grow good anyway.

When we were done planting, we watered them and marked them and called it a day.

I think I like gardening which is good cause y'know, we just planted a garden. Now if we just got some chickens we'd be all set...!