Wheeew! Two posts down?
That feels great, only a lifetime more to go! (Wow, what if I really did blog for a lifetime? Who knows, maybe I’ll be 70, sitting here blogging about how I still haven’t reached my goals and how I still can’t keep up with household chores because I’m too busy with nothing in particular.)
I guess by the third post, you’ve heard enough about the blog and myself and now it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty of it all. (Doesn’t that sound just like dating? I remember the ‘third date’ rule in high school. Does that still exist?)
Alright, well, for the “nitty-gritty”:
Last winter, I decided I was going to have a garden. We’d lived in our townhouse for a year, and having a whole 5x8 foot plot of land to play with was really exciting me. Those of you who live in ‘real’ houses with ‘real’ yards probably think that a whole 40 square feet is practically useless, but trust me, nothing is useless.
In March, the ground was un-frozen enough to start digging. I ripped out two disgusting ugly bushes that our HOA had planted. (If they ever ask what happened to them, they died. After I dug them up, yes, but still, they died.) I worked that dirt 12-18 inches down, and quickly learned that under a few inches of top soil was some rock solid clay (even though half a mile down the road the soil is sandy). I was pretty confident that I was given the worst soil in the world, but worked it anyway. After I practically destroyed my hands and wrists turning the soil, I planted a few early potatoes and devoted myself to making a plan until things warmed up.
I got my neighbor friend to get in on the plan with me. We checked out some library books about gardening in small spaces, most of which turned out to be useless (although do check out Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. I didn’t follow his exact system, but it gave me the confidence I needed to know that I could grow lots of food in that small space, and gave me the idea of planting everything I could vertically to save ground space.) We split the cost of seeds and two tiny tomato plants (a whole dollar each at Wal-Mart), and I planted them while she prayed that something would actually grow.
We had a warm spring, and I planted most of the seeds in mid-April, a month earlier than suggested in our zone. By May (when most people were just beginning to plant), we had some pretty decent sized little plants. Tomatoes, beans, lettuce, cucumbers, watermelon, potatoes, radishes, carrots, and broccoli.
|Our garden in May|
|Our garden in September|
|The garden in October|