My black thumb

This is totally me except I am the boy!! I love the the idea of gardening and my mom is a pro gardener so you think it would be in my blood...well i guess its just one of those things that skip a generation. Last year I attempted my first garden (a container one), it failed MISERABLY!!!! By week three they were just a pile of dried out dead plants. I guess watering is essential everyday not just the days you remember huh? 

Well, one of the reasons that we bought our house is that it sits on a .45 acre, which means we have a HUGE backyard. And with my mom near by I had no excuses to not try and start a garden this year. I am determined to make is work and change this black thumb into a green thumb!

Here is how the garden making went...

We started with a huge space covered with a TON of rock (our whole back yard is covered in rock with that nasty black plastic underneath. What were the previous owners thinking!!). Then we spent the next 4 hours shoveling out the space we wanted to use (yes it did take that long, and yes I did want to die).

We had some old random wooden beams on the other side of the yard that we moved over to edge out the garden. Then we poured a ton of manure and mixed it all in the dirt (sorry I don't know all the gardening lingo).  Finally we planted some plants: tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, cucumber, onion, water melon and cantaloupe. We only ended up using about 3/4 of the garden space which was fine with me (less work).

The fencing around the garden is just some garden posts my mom had. So far everything is going good. Its been about 3 weeks since we planted and so far nothing is dead yet! Carter is LOVING the garden, he thinks its is the coolest thing ever and always is wanted to "help" water the plants.  Here's to hoping that this year is better than last year!!!!

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5 notes:

Pam said...

That's a very decent sized vegie patch. The stepping stones are a good idea. I hope you have better luck than last time. Thanks for stopping by...

Nancy@OwensOlivia said...

I'm so glad I found you. Thanks for commenting on my blog, or else I wouldn't have stumbled across you. So do you and your husband write? It seems like two people are writing the blog. Maybe not?

Love your sense of humor, and you totally rock with the furniture makeovers!

allisamazing said...

Your garden area looks lovely!

Peggy Meckling said...

Looks fabulous! Really great looking garden. Congratulations. All you have to do now is water it. That's the fun part. Good luck! I just found you through Ladybird Lane's Weekend Show Off. I'm your latest follower and a fellow newbie. Hope you'll come check me out sometime.

Becca said...

Wow, your garden will be wonderful, Peggy ... and, yes, that does seem like a LOT of work, having to take up the gravel and the liner. Clearly, though, your hard work will pay off ... look forward to seeing more. And, thank you for your kind note about my parents' sunroom ... you're much too kind!

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