Gardening for rookies

by Melody on May 5, 2011







Seriously.  Rookies.  My husband and I are learning every single step of the way.  We have used a lot of Google.

We have always ate fairly healthy and exercised off and on, but the stars have aligned this year and we both seem to agree that we need to really focus on living the best lifestyle we can for ourselves AND for our children.  Not to mention we watched Food Inc and were a bit horrified by what we saw.

My husband built three of the raised beds that you see in the picture above.  (I’m very lucky to have such a handy husband whose attention to detail is, shall we say, a bit over the top).  We filled each about halfway with dirt, then added top soil and organic fertilizer.

In this first bed we planted snap peas, lettuce, spinach and onions.  Remember the rookie status?  Our lettuce is being completely eaten by bugs, so we are attempting to figure it out.  Everything else looks great though and we are thrilled with the progress.

The second bed will contain cucumbers, kale, cilantro and possibly some peppers that will be transplanted outside a little later, when the weather gets warmer.







The third bed will contain all the transplants from our seed starts shown above.  We have two types of tomatoes, bell peppers, pepperoncinis and jalapeno peppers.  The little starts look wonderful and popped up almost immediately.  Our son is having a blast watching them grow a little more and more each day.

Our initial out of pocket for this project was probably around $175, but most of that went towards the materials for the beds, which should last us several years.  We saved money on some of the starts, seeds and fertilizer by buying a half-price voucher to a nursery through Living Social and today’s half-price voucher to Gamache Landscaping through Seize the Deal.

This has been such a fun project for my husband and I to work on together and we are enjoying watching the fruits of our labor.  I can’t wait for our son to be able to pick some of his own vegetables.  He is already a great eater (he picks salad over anything else on most days), but this is going to give him such a connection to his food.  I think.  And hope.

Feel free to share your best tips with us or just share what you are planting this year.  I’ll do my best to keep you updated on how we are doing!

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