I've gone on and on about our backyard - it's the biggest project we've ever taken . . . and if we're going to do something this big, it's going to be the way we want it and the price we want it. That price thing means we're doing it all ourselves, which means this is the fourth summer we've been in our home and I think our neighbors have been very patient with having to stare at mud. Spring is finally coming, and our first project in the backyard is to get our vegetable garden growing.
Last October, my husband built this. It's 186" x 88".
To say I've been obsessed about reading about vegetable gardens would be an understatement. I can't get enough. I've checked out books from the library, read blogs, asked around, and read the everything on the Douglas County Extension.
We first started out with a plan. After talking to the kids, we made a list of vegetables that we thought we'd like to try. The list included corn, beans, broccoli, tomatoes, beets, carrots, zuchinni, radishes, spinach, lettuce . . . .
Then, after reading and reading of course, I got out graph paper and came up with several sketches until we found one that we thought would work. A lot of tweaking, but Tom's an engineer and we had to make sure everything was properly spaced and in straight rows. At first I just drew a quick sketch, and now after I have my map, I'm glad we got it planned out.
I love reading about gardening from Thy Hand Hath Provided. She gives a great vegetable gardening 101 - perfect for a newbie like me. We downloaded their Spring Vegetable Planning PDF and have marked it up and think it's awesome! We have a calendar just for gardening where we are marking everything and the amounts of what we plant.
This week we made the newspaper pots and started our seedlings. This is the only south facing window we have, so we'll have to make due for some time. We've started tomatoes, peppers, and broccoli inside.
I have no idea if any of this is going to work - I really am hoping it will. Really really really hoping. Tom thinks I'm making it more complicated than it really is. I'm soaking up info like a sponge - so comment away and please bring on the tips!
This month our plan is to bring in a truckload of soil, and set up the drip system. We hope to be planting outside at the end of April.
This is just one of the many many many projects that are in our backyard! It's going to be a busy summer and hopefully we can get a lot done - we just need to get my cute hubby out of the office.