I am so happy to report that my garden is done! Well, for the most part anyways. After a very rainy Memorial Day weekend, the sun came out and we had the most amazing week weather wise!
I realized, once again, that I have too many seedlings. I still have a few more pots to plant, and I think that I may have been a little overzealous with the amount of tomatoes I wanted to put in the ground. But, I do feel really good about all that I have planted. I hope that we will get a lot of produce out of all this effort!
This year we were planning on doing square foot gardens. Matt and I both really like the look of the enclosed raised beds. We did a modified square foot garden though. We were all ready to buy all the wood to build nice boxes and all the different ingredients for the special mix for the beds. Then we realized how much all of that was going to cost – a lot. So we changed our plan and decided to use our own soil.
We built 6 boxes (well Matt did!) out of 2×4’s. I really love how they came out! They were very easy to organize, and I was surprised at how many plants I was actually able to plant. We did lose out on a lot of space by only doing 6 boxes, but I didn’t want to go completely overboard this year – which I tend to do. And because we used 2×4’s we were able to use our own soil with no problems.
We have been gardening in this spot for several years now, adding amendments and fertilizer every year. Because of this, I felt confident in our soil. Although it may not be as weed free as new soil, why spend all that money to cover up the good soil we already have?
So we are excited for a new gardening season! Hopefully everything will grow really well. I fully expect there to be an unruly mess come August, but that is OK! It is awesome to know that we are contributing to our local eating lifestyle. To know that we are growing vegetables without pesticides, that are completely healthy and not contaminated, that is incredibly important – especially in light of a new Hepatitis A outbreak and potential GMO contamination of our foods without our knowledge. And I am convinced the kids are more anxious to eat the veggies they actually plant and then pick.