A (Photo) Tale of Two Gardens

>> Thursday, June 2, 2011

You may be getting sick of seeing our little dirt patch by now. I mean, how many posts can we do about one tiny garden? Probably a gazillion . . . but this will likely be the last one until we start harvesting in later summer.

We started the transformation by extending the garden by 1/3 -- making it a well-balanced square.

There was a lot of digging involved. Stephen did most of it, but I helped by loosening the soil so it'd be suitable for planting. During the process, we filled a huge garbage can with our "waste" -- basically just a carpet of grass and some stone.

We have a special can for this duty. The one the squirrels got to -- I have no idea why knawing on plastic is fun for them.

I found this weird glass thing in our garden. I got all excited about it until I realized it fell out of a lawn ornament my friend gave us. I guess we don't have buried treasure anywhere back there.

But that won't keep me from dreaming . . .

Then came the plants. Several herbs given to us by Stephen's mom: Mexican coriander, basil, oregano, and even curry!

And then some that we had picked up at Home Depot: Cayenne pepper, orange bell pepper, heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, and onions.

After a little less than an hour of digging holes, tossing in some organic growing soil, and watering, the whole thing started to shape up nicely. I'll admit, though, those onions were annoying. You have to plant them in rows . . . and I have no idea if they'll actually grow.

Here's a closer look:

We also worked on our patio garden (garden #2). The walkway is almost complete. Crazy to us is that we need more mulch. I feel like we've literally poured in a ton!

And here's the veggie garden in relation to our back patio:

We've come a long way from these days!

For now, we're satisfied . . . so our next project will be the actual covered patio, not the yard itself. It's looking far less like this:

And way more like this mess:

What's your big outdoor project this year? Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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