Dana’s big gardening adventure continues…

I’m getting ready to plant at last! My test kitchen is in a house that has a large, unused backyard. The people that owned the property previously had a wonderful, large vegetable garden at the back of the yard. They split the garden into smaller sections with interlocking brick paths so that even if the ground was wet you could walk through the garden easily.

When we took over the place, there was a lot of yard work to do and the whole family came to help. My dad brought in a skid steer loader which really helped Martin and I to move around things in the front yard so that we could expand the parking area and to help move out the junk that had accumulated in the backyard.

Having no intention at that point to use the veggie patch, we drove over the garden with the machine and piled up brush and stuff there until John, my mom’s boyfriend, could bring in his a wood chipper. Needless to say, all that activity in the garden moved the bricks all around. Now, after several years of weather and compost being spread over this space, the bricks were well disguised, making the garden a veritable mine field for a rototiller.

I enlisted the help of two 11-year-olds (my son and his BFF – it’s amazing what the promise of Dairy Queen can do to motivate kids!) and we set to work searching out the buried rocks. See that pile in the picture above? The three of us unearthed the top five rows on Saturday afternoon. To be honest, although it was hard work it was also fun.

Now obstacle free, it’s time to let John come in to rototill the space so that I can get the seedlings and seeds planted on the long weekend! Wish me luck. My big gardening adventure is finally ready to kick into high gear!

What’s happening in your gardens? Have any of you been brave enough to plant yet?

PS: Here’s a blog I discovered that has some good gardening tips. Kalyn’s Kitchen.


9 Responses to Dana’s big gardening adventure continues…

  1. Beth says:

    when I was a kid, my siblings and I got all kinds of dirty jobs in my mom’s garden. Good for you for teaching your son about chores and gardening!

  2. Kitt says:

    I’m thinking I can get some seedlings in this weekend, since no snow is forecast. I inherited a neglected vegetable garden recently (also full of bricks and stepping stones) and have spent the last few weekends removing the rampant bindweed. But the soil is good. Soft and full of worms. The peas and chard I planted a month ago are doing well.

    Good luck with your plowing!

  3. Cheryl says:

    I’m a terrible gardener, but this year I’ve planted basil, cilantro, and several strawberry plants. The herbs are doing fine but the strawberries are really going gangbusters! We have our first beautiful ripe, red one on the vine now, and my sons and I are waiting for the perfect moment to pluck it. I’m looking forward to following the progress of your garden — sounds exciting!

  4. danamccauley says:

    Thanks for the encouragement guys.I’m a little worried about my seedlings. Since I started hardening them off, they’ve really started to look crappy. I’m hoping that once they are in my nice, nutrient rich soil that they’ll perk up.

    My husband suggested giving them some liquid potassium (he uses it in his aquarium which has live plants0 to encourage root development. Any one have any thoughts on that tack?

  5. Good luck with your plantings. You have come a long way to get to this point.

  6. Tartelette says:

    I have been planting a lot too and so far so good which is weird since I don’t have a green thumb! Good luck!

  7. danamccauley says:

    Thanks for the encouragement guys! I am excited about getting ‘the show on the road’ but also a bit freaked out about all the commitment to watering, weeding, etc.

    Tartelette, I’m not authority but if you’re having success in the garden then you have a green thumb.

  8. Christine says:

    Good luck with your garden. I know that it will put all others to shame!

  9. danamccauley says:

    I wish I could share your confidence Christine! The weather is certainly not on my side right now. Tonight our low is predicted to be 3 degrees celsisus – that’s about 40 F – very chilly for plants.

    Cross your fingers!

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