I'm sure I mentioned before that hubby and I planted a vegetable and herb garden. I am a weirdo and decided I wasn't 100% comfortable planting our garden in the ground so we decided to grow it in "pots". The reason behind my decision is that we rent our house and the tenants before us had large dogs who left massive poops all over the backyard. Not knowing these people or their dogs, I'm just not comfortable that their dogs were parasite free the entire time they were living there and since some parasites can live a LONG time in the soil, I just didn't think planting there was a good idea. Do you blame me?
So back to this whole planting in "pots" thing. I knew that buying large pots to plant everything in could get expensive so I asked hubby if he could build me some boxes. He said he could and since the wood was free, he thought it was a great idea. I never really explained to him what I was picturing in my head, but I really didn't need to worry because he had the exact same idea as I did. He picked up the wood on his way home one day that same week and on Saturday morning he set to work. It only took him an hour or so to build all three boxes and cart them into the back yard. I forgot to take a picture of the boxes before we filled them. Sorry!
We had to go to my little cousin's birthday party that afternoon so we left the boxes and decided to continue on Sunday. We picked up the potting soil (organic, if you're interested) and all the plants and seeds we needed. If I remember correctly we bought 6 or 8 bags of potting soil and had one left over after we filled all three boxes. We were able to get all 9 plants and 6 seeds planted in the three boxes.
We planted tomato, cucumber, zucchini, squash, cantaloupe, asparagus, green bell pepper, and Greek oregano plants. They were $1 each, except for the oregano which was $3. We also planted seeds for chives, basil, thyme, parsley, rosemary, and dill. The seed packets were $1 each.
From top to bottom: squash, zucchini, and cantaloupe
The plants (from top to bottom): Greek oregano and chives.
As for the six divided spots, that is where the seeds for the herbs were planted. I don't remember the order at the moment but the thyme, rosemary, basil, parsley, chives and dill are planted there.
I took more photos on Saturday to show the growth. These are individual shots of each plant. I hope to continue this and document their growth from week to week. Most of the herbs, except for two, were poking through the soil by then. The basil was very visible, as you will see below, but the rest was barely enough to show in a photo. Maybe this week we'll see some more green in those boxes!
Tomato (this baby is growing FAST!)
Little tiny basil leaves popping up through the soil!
I am so excited that our little garden is growing! I never knew whether or not I could actually make things grow, but between hubby and I, we are doing a good job so far it seems. Planting everything in boxes means A LOT more watering, but it really doesn't take much. We just have to do it a lot more frequently.
This has given me the confidence to maybe try planting some flowers. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not jumping in and planting bulbs or anything crazy like that. But I've been thinking of maybe finding some pretty flowers that are already growing and planting those. Between hubby and I, I am sure we can figure it out.
Tomorrow (I hope), I will post about our weekend. Saturday was a trip to the Charleston Dog Show and Sunday was a short trip to the beach. It was cut short by me not feeling good and I ended up crashing for the rest of the day.
I have also been working on making my mother a Mother's Day present. I got the idea from one of the lovely ladies whose blog I follow. I can't wait to show you the finished product. I am very close to being done so hopefully I can actually get it posted early next week. I'd post it before Mother's Day but seeing as how my Mom has this blog address and could pop in at any time, I don't want to spoil the surprise. I really hope she likes it. I will be making one for myself too in the near future.