So it was decided that we would spend Mother's Day weekend as a family...yes, I did lots of hard labor on Mother's Day, but it was my willing choice...creating our garden. Mike and the boys laid the garden out on Saturday morning while I was working at the library. I was surprised and pleased to find that they marked out a 10 x 20 foot plot. Not big by most standards, but big enough to start this year. And bigger than Mike and I had decided on previously. Hooray!
We debated for a while whether we should build raised garden beds or try to dig into our soil. At some point prior to 1977, our little 1/2 acre of suburban paradise was home to a gravel pit. To say that we have a "rocky" relationship with our soil is a gross understatement. But, despite the odds, we decided to dig into our dirt. By the way, it makes me crazy that we have to buy dirt! BUYING DIRT! WHAT!!???
The first thing Elijah said to me when I got home Saturday was, "Mom, we're farmers now, 'cept we don't have any animals!" You got that right...three boys and their dad are animal-like enough for this family!
My happy little farmers
It's too bad we don't want to create a rock garden! This is the pile of rocks separated from our 200 sq. ft. garden plot minus a few wheelbarrow loads already laid to rest in the rock cemetery in the corner of our lot. This picture doesn't really do it justice...rocks, rocks, and more rocks!
The plan now is to get some nutrients into the soil...free leaf mulch from the town, maybe some topsoil and worms. I've heard coffee grounds are excellent for your soil, too, and Starbucks saves theirs to give away to gardeners...I might try that! Would you believe that we didn't find a single worm...only two grub type insects. Hmm...this may not go so well this year, so I'm trying not to get my hopes too high. We will press on doing what we can to make a harvest abound and save a little grocery money along the way. Do you know how much food 3 little boys can pack away? It boggles my mind! I can't even imagine our grocery bills when they are teenagers!
If you have any ideas to help get our little garden growing, please share!