Starting the Garden
March 12, 2013
It's been almost a whole month now since I planted my peas, and they're making some nice progress on our south-facing front porch. We've got two bush varieties growing in containers, Tom Thumb and Gray Dwarf, both of which we purchased from the Seed Savers Exchange, along with a variety of other late winter/early spring vegetables that we're hoping to plant this week.
On Saturday, it was sunny and over 60°F, so Matt and I decided to use the day to prep our backyard garden. We bought untreated ceder planks from Home Depot, which were less than $4 each, and cut them in half to make six square boxes. Then we dug up the sod, leaving as much of the existing soil as possible. We still need to fill the boxes with more soil and compost before we can plant, but we're hoping to be ready for that this weekend.
Hopefully these garden boxes will last us a few years, but I imagine by the time they're ready to retire, we'll have a different plan in mind for our entire garden. Also, because our back yard is shady, I'm worried our plants won't grow well enough back there to make it worth our effort. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.