This April, I had the impulsive idea that Holden and I should plant a garden. It sounded like a fun idea. Actually, Tammi started my thinking about it when she casually dropped off a book called Square-foot Gardening. I tried to figure out why she would think that I had time to, or interest in gardening. But as this urge came to me, I was excited to have a place to begin.
The technique in the book focused on planting a 4′ x 4′ square with a certain ratio of each plant filling up a 1′ x 1′ section. I decided to do it along my fence (which is iron covered with a wire mesh) so that I could have a big climbing area.
Now, this turned out to be a much bigger, expensive project than the book said it would be.
1. First, they didn’t have our soil. The location I picked used to be a gravel driveway, so I had to till up the soil and sort out lots of rocks.
2. Then I had to buy a ton of manure, potting soil, and other health soil stuff to give the plants a fighting chance in our gumbo soil.
3. Then I had to build a frame to define thearea that is the garden.
But after all the prep was done, Holden was very excited. We took turns putting the seeds in the holes, and we watered like crazy every day.
And stuff actually GREW!
Specifically, we planted:
- String beans
- Green peppers
This is all really written to show our crowning achievement – the melon!