Tuesday, April 6, 2010

How My Garden Grows...I Hope

We do NOT have a large yard.  In fact, we have 0.16 acre.  So sacrificing an 8x10 patch is a little painful.  This is the wave of the future, though, right?  Urban gardening?  We can only hope.  Chris and I both have a bit of an environmental/hippie bent so we feel pretty passionately that people should look into reducing their impact as much as possible.  For us?  That means walking to the grocery store and farmer's market, trying to buy local whenever we can to reduce the fuel spent on transport, reusing and recycling whatever we can, and getting as little pre-processed food as possible.  (my adventures in bread baking will have to be a post for another day)  We've spent too much money on renovations this year, but we intend to get a rain barrell and a composter some time soon. 

This year, we've expanded our operations.  Previously, we've grown tomatoes, peppers, basil, and pumpkins.  We've bought the plants for all but the pumpkins, though.  This year, I started everything from seed.  And...the tomatoes aren't looking so hot after the transfer.  We'll see how it goes.  However, if all goes well, this year's crop is tomato, pepper, basil, cucumber, carrot, lettuce, and beans.  Yum!  Wish us luck!  We'll need it!

In building the garden, we discovered that there was previously a fence in our yard.  Which...is a little frustrating since we're looking at putting one in this summer.  One project at a time.  For now, we just had to dig out the concrete footers.  Actually wasn't terrible.  That was a little surprising.  They're pretty big!

I am VERY sunburnt after spending the day working in the yard.  I'll spare you the pictures, though.  Not much like me, right?  Usually you get every clutzy injury in full color.  Maybe I'm turning over a new leaf.  Maybe I just know I'll have a lot more sunburns later.  Ha! 


  1. very cool! we need to start on ours too. right now it's a bit abandoned. but my little seed starters are on the windowsill waiting for some real soil!

  2. The more yard you dedicate to garden, the less you have to mow!

  3. Doh, making it easier for Chris! I am diametrically opposed to mowing lawns.

  4. That's one thing I really hate about living in an apartment - I can't do stuff like this! I want to compost and have a garden too. :(