What to plant? Well, I'm a healthy eater and someone who doesn't like to pay a fortune for vegetables. For these reasons, I knew I'd one day need to plant tomatoes, peppers, and spinach (my yearly staples). So, without further adieu, here are the first residents of E's Garden:
I chose a plot of land next to the garage, facing south. Okay, that was my dad's suggestion. My husband's not totally thrilled with this placement (you can see it from the road- gasp!) but I forged ahead
(and he reluctantly helped dig).
|A must: flat edged shovel|
|Metal steaks help keep the rubber edging in place.|
|We left the edging in the sun for a bit so we could uncoil it easily.|
You'll notice that our soil, on a nutrient scale from healthy to toxic, is pretty far from the healthy end. So, I spread a layer of manure to enrich the soil. Oh, the smell....
The stage was set. Enter, the stars!
I surrounded each plant with an extra dose of manure, then potting soil,
and sprinkled some fertilizer in a ring for good measure.
I gave it a good dose of watering,
and I'm pretty sure a rainbow is good luck (even if I made it myself).
First garden, check!
Back ache... also check.
It's still been worth it.