May 26, 2008
We have enjoyed a lazy morning around here, but our day is about to get really busy. The cat may be the only one who has a "relaxing" holiday. The yard won't be the same after we are finished with it today. Daddy is going to dig up the sod for us to put in a large flower bed, a raised garden, and a gravel pathway along the driveway out front. I read through the "Square Foot Gardening" book at Half Price Books this past week and we decided to go with a raised garden. It may not be the cheapest way to start out, but if you do the work yourself and get creative, it isn't that expensive. We already have quite a few plants started from seed, and are excited to do more. This will be our first garden experience with the kids (besides at friend's houses, family's houses, and field trips).
I'd love to hear more about your garden tips, success stories, and maybe just some sympathy for us starting out on a new quest. I'm one of those "black thumb" people that can manage to kill perfectly healthy house-plants. I already feel sorry for my plants (not just because of my lack of talent with horticulture and agriculture, but because our soil is about 98% rock). We are having to truck in 8 yards of garden and flower bed soil (properly aerated with sand and compost) to fill our cedar-boarded garden and the flower bed beside it. The vegetable garden will be about 8 inches high (big enough to grow a few carrots and sweet potatoes above ground) and surrounded by a gravel path to keep weeds at bay.
I'll probably post some before and after pictures if I have any energy left later. My mother-in-law and I dug a hole for a rose bush this weekend back there and went through solid rock. It took nearly an hour for one small rose pot and I got about 20 good landscaping rocks out of the ground UNDER the spot the rose is sitting now. I am not sure how these oaks grow out here in the Texas Hill Country. It certainly gives you a new respect of any of the native plants that make this area their home. Hardy would be an understatement when describing the flora around here.
So, here's our yard plan for Memorial Day Weekend:
Dig up the soil with a sod cutter
Lay landscape fabric (5 year warranty - cheapest stuff) inside garden boxes
Build Cedar garden boxes with brackets and untreated cedar lumber (2x6x8 & 2x4x8)
Lay landscape fabric on pathways to garden, between both 8x4 garden boxes
Lay landscape fabric along driveway path
Return sod cutter
Tomorrow - buy dirt, crushed granite, mulch and lay over pathways, garden, flower beds
Plant already growing veggies and flowers in beds and garden
Clean up messes
Buy and plant seeds, herbs, veggies this week
I better get going so I can go down and help when Kev gets back from the lawn and garden store. Be sure to leave your tips in the comment section if you have some ideas I haven't thought of. Have a safe and fun Memorial Day and don't forget to pray for our military and the families who have lost loved ones in war.
Let us know what you are up to. I'd love to know how you spend your Memorial Day!
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