Long before we moved to our house, long before I even lived with my husband, I knew about his plans to garden one day in his future. Not long after moving into our home with a yard (!!!) in December, he ordered this book...I may have made fun of him for buying a book from 1981. Here are his thoughts on the book...
"I'm using the Square Foot Gardening method, which is methodical, rational, precise, patterned. What else could an engineer ask for?"
Turns out though, this book may be filling my table with fresh veggies and herbs all summer. I guess I shouldn't make fun of him.
After ordering the book he then ordered seeds. I suppose he could have waited til spring and bought them at a local store, but he began this whole process back in January when no one had seeds for sale.
The seeds above are onions. If I remember correctly, he's growing two types of onions. Which is a-okay with me, as I sort of include onions in everything. Onions and garlic have short lives in our kitchen. In addition to onions, he has some potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, spinach, lettuce, and herbs he's planning on growing. He's an ambitious gardener.
On Saturday, it was a beautiful 78 degrees in southeast Virginia, and, while I sat in the yard with the dog and got a sun burn, my husband worked hard to clean out this old garden box from the previous owners. It's 16x4 feet, and well built. And it gets buckets of sunlight. Sunlight that also makes for a good sunburn on your shoulders.
It really is one of our favorite parts of this house. We weren't looking for a house with a gardening box, but this just happens to be a major perk. However, it needed a lot of work. It was way overgrown, and quite frankly, it was a mess. So I let my husband get to work as I continued to sit around with a book. He's a pretty cute gardener.
Once the box was cleaned out (which was a big task), he was able to build the square foot boxes....
And then some seeds were planted. Many little, teeny, tiny seeds that will become veggies on my plates. Hopefully.
However, even if the garden doesn't grow, take a look at the cilantro he's growing inside in our kitchen window. It's well on its way to becoming part of my next batch of pico de gallo.
If you are a gardener, feel free to share any tips! We are, or I should just say he is, clearly a novice. If you have a green thumb, share away!