Since we moved in January, we’ve been working endlessly inside the house to get it cleaned up and renovated. There is still a lot to do, but we’re really happy that the painting, wood floors, and kitchen are finally done. Having those things finished freed us up to do a little gardening. We enjoyed the garden so much at our last house, we were anxiously awaiting the day we could get one started here. With five acres we have a lot of room to work with.
We chose an area on the west side of the house. It was partially fenced already and had been used for gardening before. We spent some time just cleaning up the space to get it ready for planting and repairing some of the fencing to keep any critters out.
We decided to go with raised beds. For now, we have three 12’x4′ beds to manage and two smaller 4’x4′ beds that the kids will use to plant their own flowers or veggies. Fortunately for us, there is a mushroom farm close by so we are able to get really great mushroom compost. Unfortunately, it is a lot of grueling work to shovel it out of the back of the truck! Good thing its redeeming quality is that it does wonders for the garden.
Once we had the beds built and filled with compost we planted some seeds. We’d picked up different seeds and a couple of tomato plants recently. Here’s a look at what we can expect in the next 75-100 days. Hopefully our little seeds are germinating at this very moment and will poke through the soil by the weekend!
Oh, and we wanted to mark what went where so we utilized some leftover shims from our flooring and pantry door projects and just labeled them with a marker.
There is rain in the forecast for the next couple of days so let the growing commence! We’ll document the progress here so stay tuned.