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.
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.
Here is a photo of the existing shade garden that needs a ton of work. It’s about 1.5 feed wide.
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.
Finally here are my goofballs cheesing for the camera
- 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.
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. 🙂