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My Own Little Garden

You guys I’m so excited. Remember my little garden brain storming that I did back in February? I’M DOING IT! Well, kind of. I’m starting a raised garden bed garden in the hillside behind my house.

My eldest son had a five day weekend this weekend and we spent a lot of it outside. A good portion of the time was spent (by me) working on digging a garden out of the hill behind our house. There is a small staircase that pretty much leads to nowhere, so I thought it would be nice to have it lead to a garden of some kind. Big shout out to the water table and joint naps for allowing me to get all of this stuff done.

My Hillside Garden
I’ve been working on and off on this space whenever I got a chance to, but I never had a big chunk of time available to me like yesterday. I got a lot done, but I know I have a long ways to go. I posted a slightly different view of this photo on facebook yesterday, and my college adviser said it looked like the pit in Parks and Recreation, haha. He wasn’t too far off. When I started working down there, I found that the builders just dumped all kinds of junk down here – carpet, concrete, trash. It was awful.

My Hillside Garden
I’m starting some little sprouts in an egg carton, because that’s what I was told to do. We’ll see how they do. I’m pleased that some are already starting to grow! I hope they survive transfer eventually!

My Hillside Garden
I’ve decided to make garden boxes instead of just planting into the soil. I hope that these boxes will protect my plants more, and they look nice too! I made them mostly with pallet wood, although the long single piece at the top of the front and back sides are from my neighbors’ deck that they disassembled over the weekend.

Doesn’t the box look nice? My neighbor says that she can borrow a truck and she knows a place that will let her fill it up with soil for only $20! I plan to fill up most of the boxes with that and then put some store-bought potting soil on top of it. These same neighbors are redoing their deck and I snagged their staircase for the garden. I have to figure out how to make it secure, but I’m loving the expanded stairs!

I’m going to do my best to save that little tree there. I don’t know if you can really see it, since this photos is so monochromatic. The tree is starting to grow leaves, but not that many. I hope it thrives! I am also really sad that it looks like all of the grass on the hill is dead. I gotta say, when I originally envisioned this whole thing, I pictured green grass flowing down the hill. I don’t know what I’m going to do with all of this crap. You can see a distinct line where my living lawn ends and the dead hill grass starts. Ugh. Anyone think I can water it and make it live again?

I only had enough wood to make the big box and one little one. I put a window in the bottom box because I’m hoping to see some roots growing. I don’t know if I’ll be able to, but wouldn’t that be cool?

So yeah, lots of time outside has been so good for me. I’m loving this new space of mine.

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