I am notorious for killing plants. I’ve tried many iterations of growing foliage in my yards, but they all end the same: scorched and dehydrated. I even managed to kill bamboo. BAMBOO. Face palm.
When I decided to put in this garden, I wanted to go about it the right way. I wanted to give those poor little saplings and seedlings a fighting chance against my inevitable neglect. I convinced my husband to dig up the entire soon-to-be-garden area and painstakingly install a watering drip system. I tested the nutrient levels (or LACK of nutrients) of the soil. I supplemented. Researched. Measured. Calculated. I was determined to make this garden work from the blueprints on.
Once I had everything planned, I knew what my next step would be: put up a fence. Or, rather, hire someone else to put up a fence for me.
Luckily, my best friend in the whole wide world married a pretty handy guy who is easily persuaded with food. In exchange for some homemade beans, cornbread and a lunch out, he came over to my house and created this beautiful fence to keep the dogs and the Little Walking Child of Destruction away from my garden. I don't have pictures of just the fence right now, but I'm in the process of painting it mint! I'll post some pictures when it's finished.
I know I am no Di. I’m not going to delude myself into thinking I will have a huge, thriving garden replete with tomatoes the size of my face. I am just hoping these sweet plant babies survive. Keep your fingers crossed for them!
Sprouts from SEEDS!!!
And for those of you who wonder about these things, here is a list of what I planted:
Spinach (seed – and it’s already sprouting!!!!)
A HUGE crop, I know, and if they all survive, I will be do-a-backflip-in-public excited!
So now, any tips for newbie gardeners?