Planting Our First “Real” Garden

Well, the garden is in the ground!  It’s our first “real” garden, because we planted a few duds behind our apartment in the city.  They just didn’t get enough sunlight.

This was our first big project when we moved in, since we moved in at the prime time for planting.  I’m realizing that we have a lot of big projects on the horizon and we need to be sure to pace ourselves.

There is a little Farm & Garden store just five minutes from our new house.  Chris has already made friends with the owner.  (I love small towns…we’re on a first name basis with our mail lady, too!)   Here, we were able to buy all our veggie plants, rent a tiller, and pick out my very first hanging basket for the front porch.  Chris spent all last Friday tilling up the garden spot.  That’s hard work!

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He did have a little help…

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The next day, he planted all the veggie plants… tomatoes, grape tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, bell peppers, banana peppers, and basil.

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It was rainy that day, but the lady at the Farm & Garden store told us that it was a great day to plant because the plants wouldn’t be in shock from too much heat.  Although he was trying to beat the thunderstorms, he did pause long enough for me to get this photo… look at that stud.

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Chris finished up by planting seeds yesterday.  We were able to find non-GMO seeds (yay!).  We planted squash, zucchini, lima beans, black-eyed peas, and kale.  We also planted potatoes.

So, here’s the finished product (really, the beginning product)!  (By the way, the tractor isn’t ours… it belongs to the man who leases the land next to us, but it makes for great photos!)

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In the future, when we aren’t in such a hurry to get it in the ground, we’d like to do a garden that is more efficient and mirrors natural systems… Chris is researching different techniques so that we can incorporate them into our future gardens.  Once we make a plan, I’ll fill you in!

And, of course, here’s my girl… the kiddie pool was a little too chilly today, but we still hung out in our bathing suits and ate bananas.

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