When Spring rolled around this year I have to admit the gardening bug bit me hard. I’m definitely not a gardener by nature but over the past several years I’d longingly admire the flowers in someone else’s yard and wish they’d magically bloom one day in our yard. Or I’d hear folks at the office talking about their bumper vegetable crops and imagine I could just walk out and harvest my own little vegetable garden.
I’d been reluctant to take the plunge because I knew the odds were against me. I was already pretty busy and didn’t want to add a “plant watering regimen” on my plate. I know I also do much better at projects where I can see some sort of instant gratification along the way. I wasn’t sure I’d have the patience to take care of plants on faith that some day way in the future I’ll see some magical payoff for the work.
Long story short, I thought it might be more fun to take care of plants in a raised garden bed. I picked up some interesting ideas and more from YorkCountyLandscapers.com. So hubby Dave and I bought some cedar at the local lumber mill and built this little baby. It’s about 8 ft by 2 and 1/2 ft. And Dave also put up 7 ft high fencing to protect the garden from deer and other critters that frequent our backyard (find out more here about proper fencing).
Over Memorial Day weekend we planted some vegetables and herbs that we picked up at the local nursery. So here’s the tally of what we planted in the raised garden bed (all were plants unless noted otherwise):
- 5 Tomatoes
- 4 Cucumbers
- 2 Green Peppers
- 1 Jalapeno Pepper
- Carrot Seeds
- 2 Basil
- 2 Thyme
- 1 Rosemary
- 1 Dill
- 1 Chive
- 2 Lavender
- 3 Dahlia
- 1 hanging plant (petunias and some other little blue flowers)
- Sunflower Seeds
Fortunately the weather’s been really good to us lately. After a healthy mix of sun and rain our sunflower seeds have sprouted after only 1 week! So far I’m still digging the gardening thing. Stay tuned to see how long this phase lasts!
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