I took the leap and decided to Garden……
As I shared in Mid May, between the rain, failing seeds and physical issues (pulled out my back and had vertigo, three weeks of barely being able doing anything!) I was totally frustrated with not being able to start my vegetable garden and accomplishing other inspired yard projects.
Well on Sunday Morning, May 20th, I was sitting on my back deck feeling down and overwhelmed, realizing that it was late spring. I started to consider container gardening on the deck as my realistic option, but to see such a spot perfect for vegetables sitting there untouched, was just too much.
Without saying a word to my boyfriend Jim, I got up, walked to the shed, pulled out all the shovels, tools, wheel barrel and garden gloves, and placed them next to the back deck. As lousy as I felt physically, I felt more lousy sitting there staring at what was supposed to be my garden by now. I could not bear to miss another summer of gardening bliss.
Here are photo’s of before I started and my progress breaking ground!
I was breaking ground late, but I knew if I could get the garden established and started by the first week of June it could still be successful. Luckily, many local nurseries sell healthy “garden ready” organic vegetables and herbs so my failed seedlings didn’t matter. I could still have my garden!
Happily, I realized our woodchuck has been avoiding this area of the yard now for three weeks. He does not like the presence of people or the activity of the bird feeders attracting more critters and birds to the yard. His once quiet yard is now one of constant activity and he is now frequenting the large unoccupied lot adjacent to the back of our yard! This turns the odds in my favor, which is really encouraging.
I have to say it was a battle with rain showers, which slowed down my progress, but the basic foundation of my garden is now established! It is 12 feet by 16 feet, just right for all the yummy veggies I want. The fence is over 1 foot deep in the ground, secured with heavy bricks. The height is 3 1/2 ‘. I left the top loose so if the wood chuck climbs it will bow and buckle back due to his weight making him feel like he is falling backwards. A friend said this worked for him so I am trying it. I will be sure to let you know how it works out.
Digging this type of fence along with establishing this new garden has been one of the most exhausting challenges I have ever attempted. But gratefully, with a lot of praying, sweat and tears, I did it!
Here are photo’s of my progress…
Yesterday, I planted tomatoes, peppers, cukes and zucchini, the rest will go in over the next few days as each bed area is prepped and completed. I still need to put in a walking path with patio bricks, add more fertilizer and mulch but the basic garden is here…..I can now blissfully play and noodle in my vegetable garden to my heart’s content!
What a blessing to have this little piece of heaven in my backyard.