This spring's undertaking marked the beginning of our backyard transformation from lots of grass to what will hopefully someday be a gathering hot spot and our personal oasis. Since we have such great sun for the majority of the day, the garden we have wanted for so long was finally possible.
What this meant for Devin: Gets to plan stuff. Gets to build stuff. Gets to grow stuff. Sweet!
What this meant for me: Has less lawn to mow. Gets to have all kinds of herbs! Devin will cook more because we'll have so much readily available. Wait...how big is this project?
|Oh. We're gonna need one of those.|
(We don't have a pickup, so the Goldwing+trailer
is the next best thing. You know you like it.)
|Oh, it's kinda pretty.|
Devin used a garden planner from the Farmer's Almanac to keep track of when to plant, transplant outdoors and harvest our would-be crops. It even let him lay out a blueprint of the garden beds and what would fit together in each one. On March 1 we planted our first seeds--cabbage, lettuce and arugula--in our little seed starter kits. We didn't have to wait long: By March 4 we excitedly took note of the little bursts of green rising up from the soil. And they took off from there.
May I just say: Cutting, rolling and moving sod blows. I probably couldn't do it very gracefully anymore, but I'd rather move straw bales from barn to barn or bags of feed on the farm than move sod. It was not my favorite way to spend time with my husband, but we managed to get it all done and the boxes all dug out.
And then we high-fived and drank a couple beers. Of course.
|Yes, you've counted correctly. That's 10 garden beds.|
Here's to progress and a massage for the girl who just helped do all that. Hint hint. *Cheers*