Who would have Thought One Needs to Pay for Poop?

Well, we did it. We started our garden.

Jonathan woke up in major project mode this morning. So before 10 o’clock, Hula Girl had new window coverings in her room, the garage was cleaned out, and the garden was started!

Hula Girl’s new, improved window coverings are removable, so I can open her windows when it’s nice outside. But they’re still completely light-blocking, so she’s got her cave to sleep in during naps and nights.

The garage was just getting to be a mess. Any time I’d say, “Please take this out to the garage,” Jonathan did just that. He’d take it to the garage… and put it down just inside the door. We ended up with a very untidy “tunnel” of boxes, odds’n’ends, and furniture. Jonathan tackled that one all on his own. He moved a lot of boxes out of the garage into the chicken coop. Yes, we have a chicken coop. Not to raise chickens; rather, we use it to store unimportant belongings, like our TV. Then he reorganized our garage into sections- gardening, garage sale, movies and games, tools, painting stuff, et cetera. I am happy with the results!

And the garden. Oh, the garden. It’s going to be monumental. Yesterday we went out and bought seeds for 21 different varieties of vegetables. Then we made a planting calendar for our seeds and seedlings. We’re going to start a few seeds indoors (hence the garage clean-out) and we even get to sow some seeds today! I have been doing a lot of research about our soil type, our zone, what our plants will need, and general “how to” information on each of our plant choices. This garden will be a lot of work. But I’m sure it will be worth it.

We were outside working on the garden (well, Jonathan was working. I was sitting in a chair in my pajamas with a blanket wrapped around me, a tissue box on my lap, and my phone in my hand- I am sooo sick still) this morning and our neighbor came over to give Jonathan a hard time about working so hard while I watched. She found out what we’re going for and then she offered to get us some free fertilizer! Score! I knew those chalky melty super delicious cookies were a good idea! I love neighbors like ours. Seriously. Then she saw Hula Girl’s diapers pinned out on the line, drying in the sun, and she offered me some more clothes pins. I turned down her offer, because I really don’t need more clothes pins, but it was a sweet gesture.

Anyway, free fertilizer will be great for our garden, because we’ve got some pretty sandy, clayish dirt. I am guessing it’s probably void of many key nutrients for good plant health. Probably anything we do to improve it will make a drastic difference in the life of our first little garden.

Jonathan is also working on expanding our gardening area. Our entire front yard is covered in rocks. (I guess that was our landlord’s way of not having to deal with a lawn at a rental- my parents did the same thing before they sold their rental house!) However, there is no insulating layer under the rocks- it’s just dirt. So, Jonathan got out the rakes this morning and raked away about 100 square feet of more garden space! Now I can grow my winter squash mix and my watermelons!

Here’s a list of plants we’re going to grow:

Kale, Snap Peas, Jalapeno Peppers, Rosemary, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Thyme, Green Onion, Oregano, Summer Squash, Winter Squash Mix, Basil, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Chives, Corn, Green Beans, Watermelon, Zucchini!

We’ve also got some tulips that have started to poke out of the ground and a wildflower mix that we’ll use to fill in some extra space (if we have any).  Stay tuned for great garden pictures!

Do you have any great gardening tips or advice you’d like to share?

4 Comments

  1. Jeremy Irish said,

    March 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Elinor points out that you pay for the scoop, not the poop!

  2. March 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    As always, Elinor is correct. Packaging. Who needs it?

  3. Joanna said,

    March 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    That’s a lot of stuff you’re going to grow! Next step: chickens. For the coop, of course!


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