Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spring into Action!

It’s that time again, spring time! And that means planting your garden!

My husband and I love home grown produce in the summer, and it’s a great way to get all your veggies in and save some money. I didn't have to purchase any cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes or garlic last year and I think we ended up saving quite a bit of money.

We moved into our house last year and our first REALLY big landscaping project was creating a garden. We have a downward slanting yard, so my husband came up with the idea of a 4 tiered, raised garden. A raised garden is also easier on your back, you don't have to bend down as far when pulling weeds :)

We purchased edger blocks from Menards and went to work. We pulled up the grass and laid out our brick. My husband curved and shaped the bricks as needed by using an angle grinder. He will hands down tell you that an angle grinder is the BEST tool for cutting the bricks.
After about a week’s time we had our garden built!

The picture below is from last year's garden, but you get the idea of the end result.
This last week my husband, with the help of my nephew, planted all new vegetables and we are very excited for the season to start. Tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, squash, onions, garlic, peas and radishes, we love them all! Hopefully this season will me much warmer than last year, and we will have some good turnout.

If you don't have a garden at your house I suggest adding one. If you are new to a garden, just start out with a couple plants. Tomatoes practically take care of themselves and are very easy to grow. We don't use pesticides on our garden, just to save money and allowing us to eat from the garden right off the plants. We lost all of our lettuce last year to rabbits and some bug ate our yellow squash, but you live and you learn and we can honestly say there is nothing better than the fresh veggies from the garden. They take on such a flavor that you can't usually purchase at the grocery store.

The next outdoor landscaping project...the front landscaping by the power boxes. This area is overgrown with plants that just don't work under the shade of the large tree. The juniper bush is half dead and the rocks are full of leaves. We haven't decided what plants to replace the area with, so if anyone reading this has some suggestions please feel free to let me know at between3sisters@gmail.com


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