My Green Thumb Attempt

So, recently, I have decided to do one of the things that I have always wanted to try but never did. And that would be starting my own garden. Thankfully, I’m not alone in this adventure. My boyfriend had an interest in starting a garden and is willing to help out.

Now, I’m not totally green on what to do when it comes to growing produce or flowers since my mama had a garden while I was growing up. However, after a few years she gave up on the garden due to the dog, barn cats, and other various critters getting into it and ripping plants up. She did give me a list of starter plants that are easy to grow and which ones should be planted ASAP. But when we went to go purchase the seeds, we did get a little ambitious and buy more variety that what mama wrote down. Moreso with flowers than produce but who doesn’t like a beautiful blend of flowers?

Out of the plants from the easy to grow list, a few of them have to be started indoors. We did that this past week and it felt like a science experiment that I remember from middle school. We had to grow plants and everyone wanted to grow the tallest one so there was a bit of a competition going on. That was very interesting.

Okay, flash back moment over. To protect our garden from the possibility of being ripped up by a very large and not so well behaved Chesapeake Bay Retriever, we are using unused wood pallets from the hay barn and shed to build a raised garden. Fencing will also have to be set up and it is going to be a huge project. So hopefully when things are transferred, we will have that done if the Wisconsin weather cooperates…but I’m not going to hold my breath on that one.

My daughter is very excited and interested in helping us with this but I am already expecting her to get bored and then wander off to play in a puddle when we start building the base and transferring everything to outside. She stubbornly disagrees with me so who knows, maybe she will stick with it. Especially for the flowers. She picked out some really pretty ones and one of my favorites; Sunflowers. We purchased rubber boots for her the other day and she has been wearing them since and she is looking forward to getting gloves that, as she stated, go perfectly with her yellow polka dotted watering can. Can guarantee that they will be pink.

So, our list of plants that will be in the garden are:

  • Strawberries
  • Sweet peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Onions
  • Green Beans
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Pumpkins
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Basil

It will be a lot of trial and error and most likely not everything will make it but we will definitely try our best. Hopefully on the next garden update, I will have news of plants sprouting and pictures of our raised garden layout.

Until next time dearies!

Hugs & Kisses, Kelly

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