Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Big Garden

When we moved in last year, gardening was the farthest thing from our minds.
Of course we had unpacking to do! 
We took all of our gardening stuff and literally chucked it into a
sad little shed in the corner of the property.
"Until next year!"  I thought at the time...

Flash forward to this year and it almost feels like gardening for the first time.
I wandered around feeling like I wasn't sure where to start!

Was I THAT out of practise?
(I hoped not)

So I decided to follow the advise of my old sub-foreman:

"Plan yer work and work yer plan!"

First step:  empty sad shed.


I had no idea it had a floor!

This image shows years of hoarding gardening containers and pots from everywhere and anywhere I could get my hands on them...mostly for free! 

You can sometime find loads of free planters and containers curbside after May 24th weekend.
(International Readers:  May 24th weekend is the celebration of Queen Victoria's birthday and widely held as the first beer-drinking, camping, put-all-yer-plants-in-at-once weekend)

Oh yeah, that's me standing in what will be our main garden patch!
It is quite a bit bigger than our previous home's garden.
(our "big picture plan" is to make enough to eat, store and then sell some at a small roadside stand)

Step 2....get the deck boards out of the garden!

We purchased a used deck last fall from a US Resident that didn't want to lug it across the Canada/US border.  Lucky for us, we got it for a song!

So we must move the deck board from the garden and onto the deck (where they should be!).
Husband installed the largest part of the deck last year.
The second and third pieces of deck will be installed as soon as the gravel is delivered.

Then we can think about tilling the soil.


There's our view of the garden from on the deck...
Can you imagine what it will be like to look out over our bounty??? 

So that is all the update I can give ya right now...
Check back soon for future steps...

In the meantime...
I sorted out the smaller containers.
Years of buying seedlings already started from local nurseries.

I am volunteering to grow some seedlings for my Mother in Law for her church Plant sale.
I decided to splurge for the good stuff...hey, what goes around comes around, right?

I loaded up a bunch of peat pots to start some herbs and a couple other planters I had around.
The herb seeds were supplied by my Mother in law.

In the end we had several large areas of tomatoes.
Tiny Tim red cherry tomatoes, Yellow pear cherry tomatoes and Roma tomatoes.

All are sprouting nicely!  Just in time for the June 1st sale.

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