|The current (8/1/2018) state of the garden.|
The spaghetti squash has staged an escape attempt.
Unfortunately, the roses have suffered slightly as I learn about caring for them.
Way back in the start of June, I got a bright idea that I wanted to garden and grow some of my favorite vegetables and plants. Because why not? I barely had time to do everything else I needed/wanted to do, so let's add one more thing. Penn had just been declared to have a tendon injury, I found some free time, and bam, a project was born.
This started out as such a simple project, "I want raised garden beds because I hate kneeling on the ground, and I want them protected from wildlife." Oh boy, this project got a lot more complicated! And I love the final product.
Husband pitched in and helped me build it: aka, I was the support system and he drove the project.
Anyway, without further ado, here's a picture-driven story of building the garden beds!
|I helped Husband cut the boards apart, then he did majority of the assembling under a work light in the dark.|
|Assembled and placed!|
|Walkway sod has been removed and the beds are ready for dirt.|
|6/16/2018 - Dirt! Well, half mushroom manure and half topsoil.|
2 scoops of each, delivered on Saturday in the morning.
|Thank goodness Husband has a Gravely mower/tractor and a cart!|
|And ramps for the car! This would have been much more difficult without those.|
|A fun little gif of dirt going in! 4 and a half loads for each bed, then we added even more to each after wetting the soil down. The soil settled quite a bit, we'll have to add a lot more next year.|
|Garden cloth down to prevent weeds from coming up through the rock path.|
|Not enough rocks.|
|Leftover dirt. We used it to fill ruts in the yard that the truck left over the winter, then planted grass seed.|
|6/18/2018 - The garden has a door and basic framing for the fence!|
Yellow Straightneck Squash
Spaghetti Squash Seeds
Kaleidoscope Carrots (purchased later)
Radishes (purchased later)
|Sunflower seeds planted in neat rows.|
4 all yellow Mammoth Sunflower (9-12' tall)
4 Evening Sun Sunflowers (4-5' tall)
4 Mixed Color Sunflower (7-9' tall)
4 yellow and brown Mammoth Sunflower (9-12' tall)
|6/18/2018 - I was desperate to get my plants in and growing since I was already a month behind... so everything was planted in the dark at almost 10pm, haha.|
|Hey look, my calla lilies were doing great and blooming!|
|I planted two spaghetti squash just in case one didn't come up. I was SUPPOSED to pull one out... I didn't. I will next time!|
|7/6/2018 - The hardware cloth didn't come wide enough (5' would have been ideal), so we had to purchase 2' and 3' wide rolls, and sew them together with steel wire.|
|7/6/2018 - The 4th of July holiday long weekend was very productive! We used it to finish the fence and a lot of the final touches.|
|7/7/2018 - Putting up the outer trim pieces that hide a lot of the staples and the sharp edges of the hardware cloth.|
Decorative flowers purchased too!
|7/8/2018 - Husband dug up the sod around the beds, and I put garden cloth down.|
|7/8/2018 - Sod dug, cloth down, roses planted. Ready for mulch!|
|Another view of ready for mulch and rock!|
And the final product!
|Humming bird feeder, rain gauge, thermometer, horsey wind chimes, and a cute garden kitty!|
|The very first produce from the garden!|
|We found wonderful solar powered motion lights so it's easy for me to water when I come home from the barn after dark.|
I just want to put a chair in there and sit in it!
I know this has gotten rather long, and extremely picture heavy, but here's some more pictures!
|Eye high by the end of July?|
|The spaghetti squash continues to be rebellious and has started growing a squash 5' in the air.|
|The yellow squash is doing well and producing lots of squash, the carrots are still growing, and I planted another row of carrots in the empty space... they haven't grown yet.|
|The zucchini was trimmed back a little, yet there's still a lot of it. The spaghetti squash is making a run for it. The beans are just trying not to be covered by zucchini!|
|The wiggly pink flamingo has been overtaken by radishes.|
We've had a bunch of yellow squash, zucchini, and string beans from the garden so far. It's been so much fun growing and picking my own vegetables. Sure, it would have been cheaper to just buy them, but this is so fun! I'm also really happy with how pretty the garden ended up. I was worried about it being in the front yard, and the neighbors being unhappy with this huge thing in the yard. I shouldn't have been worried, the neighbors think it looks great.
As we built the frame for the fence, we also hatched a plan to make it a greenhouse in the winter. We'll have to add a peaked roof over it (because it snows here), and a way to vent it, but it should stay fairly warm wrapped up in plastic. The mushroom manure will heat as it decomposes, and the garden will get sun for majority of the day.
|Hey, we were happy when we started the project, and were still happy at the end of it!|
We were trying to recreate the painting, American Gothic, but in selfie mode and with shovels, haha.
And no worries everyone, we'll get back to Penn soon!