Monday, May 11, 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow?

It's been absolutely rainy and miserable here almost every day for the last two weeks. The weeds have taken over the yards of Council Bluffs, and if it doesn't let up soon, we'll be a legit jungle.
Thankfully, it was kind of sunny early in the weekend, which made it perfect for me to start setting up my garden.

I love having a garden, because growing your own veggies is a budget friendly way to keep getting good food for your body, and I like to think that I'm less inclined to waste something that I worked so hard for.

Last year, I grew butter lettuce, yellow squash, one GIANT zucchini, cabbage, and kale. I also tried to grow strawberries and carrots, but alas, they didn't do anything.

Since we moved into our "new" house back in August, I wondered and worried about what I could grow, since we are surrounded on four sides by lots of trees. There's a spot in the middle of the yard, though, where there's a decent amount of sun. I decided that I really wanted to try to grow something. Obviously, a full-fledged little homestead is not in the cards this year, but after putting my garden together these last couple days, I'm pretty optimistic.

My family has been completely on my side with the garden thing, because our backyard is, for lack of a better word, fugly. It's overgrown with weeds, tons of volunteer trees, a makeshift fire pit that's filled with beer cans (we haven't gotten around to cleaning out what the previous tennants left behind), and an old shed that's in dire need of a fresh coat of paint. We have a retaining wall that lines our yard on two sides that would be great for growing shade tolerant flowers, which would be beautiful AND beneficial (bringing the GOOD insects to my garden, while keeping the pests OUT).

As you can see, I've got TONS of plans for this back yard. Plus, we've got a pool that we're gonna set up on the patio, along with our patio furniture and grill (my sister and I want to repaint the patio furniture). Our house is small, so having a great outdoor living area would make it better.

My sister works at a hardware store, so we've been getting a discount on all of our garden stuff (except the plants. I bought most of those myself). I've got Lavender planted in the ground, tomatoes and Peppers in one bucket, Chocolate Mint in another bucket (can't wait to try this in smoothies!), and Parsley, Basil, and Dill seeds in the last bucket. We'll see how that goes. :) In the square foot garden that my parents got at Sam's Club, we've got Zucchini and Acorn Squash, which I hope will grow up the trellis I got, Cauliflower, Dinosaur Kale, and Napa Cabbage. I've also started working on a part of the yard in order to plant more IN the ground. Like Lavender seeds, Chammomile, Lettuce, more Kale, and Chard. I really hope this all comes together, but I think part of the beauty of gardening is waiting to see what happens.

  • Do you like to garden? 
  • What do you like to grow?

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