We started out by buying this book:
We then went to Home Depot and bought wood, poles and netting for the climbing veggies, weed cloth, soaker hoses, a hose timer, seeds, and some seedlings. When we got home, we were amused to find that Anna had added a few of her own flower seed selections to the pile when we weren't looking - it made us laugh but we're going to plant them! We ordered the dirt through a local landscape supply store, who delivered it in one big dirty pile...doing it that way saved us almost $500 vs. buying it retail at Home Depot!
Building the actual boxes was surprisingly easy, but then getting them installed took pretty much an entire weekend. Steve had to do some digging in the yard to get rid of the grass and to get the ground level, and then it took some work to get the boxes themselves level and then filled with dirt. My poor hubby was quite sore by the end of the weekend!!
We took Mel Bartholomew's advice on building a permanent grid structure to help partition out the garden and to keep the plots organized. It made it very easy to pencil in what we wanted to grow where, and to help us figure out how many seeds we needed to start. Between the two gardens (both are 4'x12'), we had plenty of squares for all of the veggies we wanted to plant, and then plenty left over for flowers. I am SO excited to have a flower garden - it's something I've always wanted and I would be beyond happy if I could have flowers to cut for the house!
Luckily we've had two awesome weekends weather-wise, and Anna has greatly enjoyed getting to run around in the yard with her pup and especially getting to play in the dirt. It's been fun seeing her "help" and it makes me look forward to her being older and learning how to garden too!
|Anna wanted to plant ping-pong balls|
We got the frost-hardy seedlings planted this past Saturday and we also got our seeds going inside. Now we just have to water and wait...and I think the waiting is going to be the hardest part of this process! We also will have to build the climbing plant structures but other than that, our gardens are done and ready to go!