Month: April 2013

2013–First Garden Photos of the year

So today I made it out into the yard to take a look and see what things looked like. First off, I actually have green stuff in my garden.  My Black Eyed Susans are starting to come in.

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Here are photos of the garden that I already have established.  It’s about 2 – 2.5 feet wide and the length of the entire garage slab.

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Here is a photo of the existing shade garden that needs a ton of work.  It’s about 1.5 feed wide.

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And here is a photo of an old pile of wood that has been sitting in this spot for a few years.  I am hoping to get it cleaned up and put a good sized garden in its place.

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Finally here are my goofballs cheesing for the camera Smile

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2013 Seed order – Renee’s Garden

As part of the 5×5 Challenge I am placing a seed order from Renee’s Garden.  Here is what I am ordering and why.

  • Easy to Grow Rainbow Kitchen Garden: this is the seed collection that everyone doing the 5×5 will be using.  It will be nice to see how every one’s experiences differ.
  • Peas, Super Sugar Snaps: in our house we love peas and growing them on the fine should be fun.  I want to try to create a tunnel between the garden and the house it is next to so that my kids can have a bit of a fort to play in.
  • Radish, Easter Egg II Mix: radishes look easy to grow and my kids actually like them.
  • Carrots, Sunshine Orange & Yellow: everyone needs carrots.  Some of the garden space I will be working with has some fairly compacted soil, I am hoping that if I try to gro carrots there it may loosen the soil up a bit.
  • Northern Rainbow Onion Sampler: the first year I had my garage garden in I planted a ton of onions and we got a fairly decent crop of them.  This year I want to try something new  and thought that this sampler would be great.  What I love about onions is that I can stick them in the nooks and crannies of my garden to use up space without too much work.

5×5 Garden Challenge

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Chiots Run has some of the best blog posts and podcasts. I find her and her husband very inspiring in may ways. This year she created a new gardening challenge called the 5×5 Challenge. I’m still working on getting my gardens to be stable, beautiful, and useful pieces of land and thought that this would be a great way to get started.

Summer 2013 goals
1. Fix up the garage garden to be useful this year instead of a weed bed.
2. Finally figure out the best way to use my full shade garden.
3. Add a new garden for the 5×5 Challenge.
4. Plant the new evergreen trees and lilac bush I am getting from the Arbor Day Foundation
5. Figure out how to keep said trees alive
6. Possibly plant 2 fruit trees, probably elderberries

I have a lot of goals and will have my twin 3 year old boys helping me. We will see how I do by the end of the summer. 🙂

Happy planting!