Sunday, April 26, 2009

Making the Square Foot garden

I read really fast. And because I do so, I often miss misspelled words, because I "know" what the writer is trying to get across.
BUT...I never realized that in my haste, I might read directions WRONG!!!!

My father in law, Phil, wrote and said that we should make a "square-foot" garden, as you can get a lot from a small space that way.

I looked at a picture of a square ft garden, told Rich what I wanted. (12 squares, a foot each) He told me what to buy, I went to the lumber yard, bought the wood, came home, Had Rich cut the wood and screw it together ...... then went back in and looked at the directions.
Hmmm.... I see, it was just supposed to be a "grid overlay", not 12 individual spaces.

But...we're going to go with what we have. I think it will work out just fine.
Tomorrow, we'll get the soil and fill in the squares and add some soil to the rest of the garden, and get ready to plant.
The barrel will have peas or beans.
And the circle will have something else. LOL
and on the other side of the little walk way, we'll get three more barrels for some container gardening. Probably one of the barrels will be a "salad" barrel.
I have some carrots, onions, radishes, beets, peas, beans, and suumer squash, zuchinni and pumpkin.
I have too many things for such a small space.
We'll see how it goes.

One would think, by some of the pictures, that we have a HUGE yard. And we do, I just don't want to take any of it away to plant a vegetable garden, so this is what we'll do this year.

The Frog is waiting to see....

Monroe too!!

Our ain't much, but it will have to do.

The snowball bush is getting blooms....

And we begin the process...

4 feet by 4 feet....

Our yard is greening up. Rich put some fertilizer on last week, and as you know, it snowed on Wednesday, so the grass grew, but today, his lawn mower was not working.
He was NOT a happy camper. He tried to fix it, but...I think it's time for a new lawn mower.

Monroe watched the sawdust fly!

My little veggie boxes.....

Friday, April 24, 2009

Wed, summer, Thursday spring. Today WINTER

It began with a few flurries (taken by a blurry camera person)

This weekend we'll be making our "square foot" raised bed. And obviously, I didn't have to worry about getting my seeds in the ground! Because THIS is what we woke up to today.....
It's LEAP FROG you guys.....(get your minds out of the gutter)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Garden Project

We begin.

Northern Nevada, a warm sunny day in April. Shall we plant? Not, quite yet.... it will freeze again, (It might even spit out a snow flurry or two) but it's a good day to start to make room for the garden.

Trust me.... by the end of the summer, you will be amazed at how green I can make this old dry Nevada Big Backyard.

This summer, we've decided to plant a small vegetable garden... I haven't done this in years!
We are going to move the dog house (he never uses the dog pen anyway )

The side yard where the dog pen is and what will be transformed into a looks like this:

But me.

Really'll be okay.
(we dont' lock you up in the pen anyway!!)

And the rest of my yard

So, for the rest of the backyard..... I know some of you have seen it in it's glory days (that would be June, July, August, September, October, November, and sometimes December. After that, those Nevada winters are rough on our big backyard.
Sunday we skipped church and cleaned off the patio, moved the dog house for the garden, pulled some old weeds,

But like I me. It will be green and pretty and you'll be wanting an invite to an outdoor get-together!

and these are in no particular order.... just what we did thru-out the day on Sunday.