This past weekend was a busy one and we barely left the house. The weather was amazing so we spent most of our time outside. It feels great after being cooped up the past few months.
For those who don’t know, my husband and I became homeowners last fall and I’ve completely fallen into that role. I’ve got so many projects I want to do – might have to start another blog just for those! I haven’t dug in too much yet but I’ve known for the past couple years that I wanted to start a garden after we bought a home. Guess what happened this weekend? We made a garden!
I never realized how therapeutic gardening could be. I’m also excited for the kids to be able to help take care of it and watch some of their favorite fruits and vegetables grow. It’s not a bad workout either.
Planning our garden
Our yard isn’t overly huge – especially with the addition of a 15′ trampoline and having two dogs tied up out there. (Not all the time! But we do tie up our dogs outside to go potty, unlike one of our neighbors…) Anyway, because of that we had to get kind of creative as far as positioning the garden so it didn’t get peed on by the dogs or trampled on by kid armies.
It really was pretty simple. We just used a measuring tape and small posts to mark an area/size that we liked and would work with our current backyard setup. Then we bought some stakes and garden fencing to keep the bunnies out. After that, we thought about what we wanted to plant and marked where we’d put the rows and what each row would have. Then we started planting!
Here’s the pic of the area before we started:
We had to completely dig it out (using a tiller). We didn’t mind ripping up the grass at all because it’s very thin in our backyard as it is. We aren’t gonna try making it pretty right now having two bulldogs that pee all over it.
I think the tilling took Roger almost 2 hours. We decided to make it a triangular shape in the back corner of the yard. It’s perfect!
Here’s what it looked like after the first tilling job and a bit of raking:
I think we spent about 2 hours all together raking after the first tilling.
This is not a tan line, this is just how dirty my legs got. You can even see the dirt in my toes. Ew. Felt great to get dirty though!
My dirtiness did NOT compare to Cayden’s:
Here’s a shot of the garden after we fenced it all in and raked some more:
Then we decided to start planting. We didn’t plant everything we have yet but we did plant strawberries, red and yellow peppers and carrots.
We’ll be adding some peas, green beans, watermelons, mini pumpkins and sunflowers too. I think that might be all we have room for right now but we’ll see how it “grows”. ;)
So the gardening pretty much took up all of Saturday and then Sunday morning it was time for grocery shopping.
But first, here’s what I woke up to:
An assortment of Lego people heads in a Thomas the Train train car. Creepy right? I thought so.
We usually grocery shop on a weekly basis because of how fast we go through produce. Here’s a shot of our countertop after the trip:
The cat can’t stay outta the bags!
Here’s the bulk of what we got: (this is by no means a complete grocery list, just what we needed for this week)
- Pork tenderloin
- Lean beef
- (we usually get frozen chicken breasts too but have a ton)
- Fresh green beans
- Fresh pea pods
- Gold potatoes
- Red potatoes
- Chocolate milk
- Fat-free milk
- Vanilla yogurt
- Parmesan cheese
- Mozzarella cheese
- American cheese – singles
OTHER PACKAGED ITEMS
- Peanut butter
- Rotini pasta
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Kids’ cereal
- Pancake mix
After we pack all the food away, I immediately wash and cut up all the fruits and veggies I can so they’re ready for snacking. If I don’t do this, I’m always too lazy to wash and cut up things for each meal and find that a lot of it ends up rotting before we get to it. To save money and eat better too, I make time to prepare as many things ahead of time as possible. It’s a HUGE help!
I feel very accomplished after this weekend! Now I can’t wait to plant the rest of our fruits and vegetables and see if any food is actually produced. Ha!
Q. Do you garden? If so, what is your best gardening tip? If you don’t, what’s a “must-have” on your grocery list?
I hope you had a great weekend!