Years ago, I decided to try my hand at gardening. I picked a spot in the yard where grass wouldn’t grow, but got plenty of sun.
The first year, I had a decent crop of zucchini. I learned cucumbers like to climb, tomatoes get bottom rot and can come out mealy, and peppers take a really long time to ripen and then taste like cardboard. I also learned cut grass is awesome as mulch.
A friend then talked me into upgrading my garden – build boxes and use an awesome mix for the soil. I researched what to build the boxes from. I knew cedar was ideal and pressure treated should be avoided unless lined with plastic. I settled on plain on 2x8s – knowing full well they’d rot in no time. It was great – for the first few months. But I went too big – too many boxes, too much in the garden and no time to tend to it. I had an entire box of bush beans that I never once harvested because I didn’t have time.
So what does this post have to do with Josie? Well, because of her, I’m tackling the garden this year – and starting small: zucchini, cucumber, basil and tomatoes.
See, when I was researching building the best method for the boxes, I came across a blog about using cedar fence pickets. It was inexpensive and a fantastic idea. One problem – I couldn’t find any locally. Every year, I’d check my local HD and Lowe’s and nothing.
This year, that changed. My local stores still didn’t have any, but the oncologist Josie sees is right down the street from HD – and guess what they have in stock. Cedar fence pickets. During one of my many trips to Richmond, I stopped by and picked up 30 pickets. I spent one weekend and built two boxes – one for cucumbers, the other for zucchini. I still need to build one for the tomatoes.
The dogs supervised construction.
I also decided to move the garden – hopefully the plants will get more sun in the new location.
That left tackling the overgrown garden boxes and moving the awesome soil I put in them. Its slow going, but I’m making a dent in it. Best part – I now have a small garden growing again.
All thanks to Josie.