Thursday, May 1, 2014

How does your garden grow?

Our yard has been a work in progress.

When we first moved in nearly five years ago, it looked like this.

It was scary. 

Dare I say, forest like? I will admit, I had zero desire to spend any real time out there. 

Slowly but surely things are looking up. 

May I present our newest addition to our yard, 


Bryan has put a lot of blood, sweat and even a few tears into building the walls around the garden. The former owners at one time or another had had a dedicated garden space behind the garage. Over the years, it had fallen into disrepair and overgrown with weeds and such. Bry took it upon himself to pull up the old railroad ties which served at the former border. He then took a shovel and some elbow grease to turn over some of the earth. Purchasing the bricks at Lowes, he and his old wheelbarrow spent a long afternoon creating the wall. 

 We have a good group of yard guys that brought in a few tons of mushroom enriched soil and friends, our garden is here! This year we are planting a lot of different fruits and vegetables. Since we are unsure of our spot and the earth, we figured we'd do a little bit of a lot and she how things turn out. 

I really want the girls to be active participants in the garden. They came with us to the local garden company to pick out some sprouts and seeds. We got them their own gloves to help with weeding and pruning, and were great at planting. They are quick to remind me to water, and have taken turns manning the hose. 

As a final addition, they painted seashells multiple bright colors. We had collected these a few summers ago from the beach, and prior to their home in the garden, they just were sitting out front in our flower bed.  Each was painted a different color and then I marked the plant's name in paint pen. 

Like I mentioned earlier, this garden is an experiment. 
We have never grown anything before, but I am eagerly optimist that we will be enjoying the fruits of our labor later this summer. 

Stay tuned for updates!