This year has had many firsts and one we're really excited about is planting a raised garden. We've never had a vegetable garden of any sort so we hope to have so many vegetables that we're handing them out to friends and neighbors. Kind of like how we currently scrounge them off of our friends and neighbors. It's been a process, but we burned the midnight oil and we have a garden!
The process started the other weekend when we bought a 4 x 8 raised garden kit from the hardware store which was extremely easy to put together. No power tools needed. We set up that portion last week and today I took weed barrier cloth and stapled it to the sides of the wood. The labor intensive part was getting soil into the garden itself. On the recommendation of a local landscaping company, I ordered mason sand, black dirt and mushroom compost. The mason sand and black dirt/mushroom were delivered to the house separately on dump trucks and piled in the driveway.
The only way to get it into the garden involved many trips with a wheelbarrow off the driveway and down a hill in our backyard. We also ordered extra sand for our sandbox so that had to be dealt with as well. Most of the morning was spent stapling weed barrier on the bottom of the sandbox and into the raised garden. I then took about seven trips down the hill with sand. This is not easy feat with a 3 year old in tow. Speaking of which, last week I took my sunglasses off during our butterfly release and I hadn't see them since. I had searched high and low for those glasses to no avail. During our outdoor adventure today, I noticed not only my favorite pair of sunglasses, but a spare pair in Franky's plastic water table. They were floating around with mud, grass and various toys. He looked at me with a mischievous grin and said, "I making sunglasses soup!" Lovely.
Later, I had reinforcements when Fran came home and took over. We got everything into the raised garden bed including seeds. We planted a good amount of vegetables including sweet peppers, spinach, squash and green beans. Lilia and I thought we were forgetting something, but we couldn't quite put our finger on it. Later, in Franky's room we discovered a packet of watermelon seeds that we had forgotten. When we asked Franky he simply said, "Oh, I was going to feed that to my dinosaur." That was the end to a long day of getting stuff done. Now to find a place for those watermelons.
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