Backyard Bliss – Our Veggie Patch
Over the past three days, Tom and I planted our first veggie garden and I’m beaming! Admittedly, Tom did most of the grunt work, digging up the patch, shoveling in the dirt, lugging the bags of dirt and peat moss. I did most of the delegating – “This should go there”, “Nope, it should be done this way.” – I actually did all the planting so it was teamwork.
It’s not a textbook set up – we gleaned ideas and tips from the internet and print articles, picking and choosing the things that made sense to us. We built a 6X16 box-like structure that came to me in a dream and filled it with a soil mixture. We have rows of tomatoes (two kinds), zucchini, squash, chives, cukes and herbs including oregano, basil, lavender and dill. Our first critter encounter happened even before we had the plants in the dirt! We had placed our plants on a picnic table until we were ready to plant. The next day all the zucchini and broccoli containers were on the ground with no signs of green left. We’re thinking it was squirrels or the ‘wascally’ rabbit that visits our yard every morning. I checked the web for solutions to keep them away and we’re trying tin foil around the perimeter of our patch. Apparently, bunnies are afraid of the sound and reflection when they step on it. Not sure if it’ll work on the squirrels since they can drop from the trees above.
Just prepping for the soil was a lot of work! We were laughing at how tired we were and this is just the beginning. We definitely have a new appreciation for farmers. I’m looking forward to getting my hands in the dirt to pull weeds and water our precious little rows until they bear fruit (or in this case vegetables). We tried to do gardening in pots – but were very neglectful. Who knew you had to water more than once a week!?
Here’s to lots of bruschetta in the months ahead and sharing our bounty with family and friends…
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