April 1, 2013

Welcome Spring...Garden!

Visit thecsiproject.com Happy Spring!  At least that's what the calendar says but the weather outside is still making up its mind.  The last few days have been warmer here so I decided to take the opportunity to help my little guy with the garden that he has been asking me to do for him for over a year now.

Let me start by saying -- I really hate dislike the outdoors.  Nothing about being outside with the bugs flying in my face and being hot makes me excited.  I don't mind going for long walks but that's about where my love for nature begins and ends, but I digress.  My son has changed his mama in many ways.  I have found myself doing things that are clearly outside of my comfort zone and gardening is way out!  Telling him that he can't try to grow plants and veggies was simply out of the question so I took to my computer and surfed the web to come up with not only ideas but tips on how to do this DIY style.

The backyard.  Short story -- it is uneven and there are very limited level spaces out there (including the space I chose to use).  The problem.  Hard ground and little time to get this project finished before heading out of town.  The solution.  Get creative and work with it as is!

The little prince watering the marked off area while pretending to be Rescue Squad Mater  :-)
The original plan was to dig out the space to create a level bed so I had my little guy get the hose and begin watering the area to moisten the ground for digging.  Well, that plan changed as soon as I realized how hard the ground was and exactly how much work doing that was going to take.  Time for plan B.

A trip to Walmart and I purchased a roll of weed cover, laid it in the marked off area and then placed his raised bed where we wanted it.

Marked off an area with brick pavers and filled with paver sand and pea gravel.  I used the sand as a base because of the unevenness of the ground.  This area will make it easy for my little guy to water his garden.

Added the flowers to the bed and some garden soil to the back area.  It's beginning to look like a garden!

My son picked out several plants that he liked but we also had vegetables to plant as well.  The raised bed is called 'My First Garden' that we found at Lowes Home Improvement and it's pretty small {2x2}.We quickly realized there would be no room for the veggies so back to the store to buy another bed.

We made a matching pea gravel area on the other side of the new bed and filled the entire back area with garden soil {I plan to add some bulbs back there}.  We planted seeds -- green beans, carrots and cucumbers and he wanted his strawberry plant to go right up front {we have a tomato plant that we'll put in a vertical hanger to grow that way}.  My son insists that we have signs for the veggies so people will know what we have growing, so I'll be working on that soon.

Welcome to our garden!
I found this sign last year in the dollar store.  What a sweet little addition and we lucked out, it even matched the garden beds.

Here is the final product.  As you can see it isn't level {we'll work on fixing that later} but we are so proud of what we accomplished as a family!

His beautiful flowers!

And his fruits & veggies!

His watering can hanging above for easy access.

We even thought about our little bird friends and bought this colorful feeder.  I found a cute bird bath idea on Pinterest that I think we'll incorporate some time in the future.

Garden area DIY and a feeling of complete satisfaction that we did it ourselves!  What a great way to spend our Easter weekend.  It wasn't conventional but it was filled with family and that to me is how you celebrate a holiday!


Time to show the progress of our little garden.  We are very happy with how well things have progressed so far -- as the saying goes 'so far, so good' {smile}.

April 13, 2013 - the beginning of green beans.  YAY!
April 13, 2013 - we even have cucumbers.
We don't have any carrots yet, but the seed package said 75 days, so we still have some time for those but we are hoping that they are as hearty as the other two.

April 25, 2013 - Look at all the growth! YIPPEE!

April 25, 2013 - they are more than just green bean sprouts now.

April 25, 2013 - the cucumbers have grown too. 
April 25, 2013 - our strawberries look good.
April 25, 2013 - our tomato plant in the Topsy Turvy

April 25, 2013 - Flower bulbs beginning to grow
I have a confession to make -- I'm more excited about this garden than I ever thought I would be.  My son's enthusiasm for growing food we can actually eat has me hoping and praying each day for a good outcome with our garden experiment.  As you can see from the pics, our veggies/fruit are growing well.  I do have some concerns such as spacing of the veggies {too much/too little??}, the depth of the container for the carrots {learned that when they hit the bottom of the container that they stop growing}, and the coloring {white-ish} on the leaves of the cucumbers, but we plan to see this thing out to the end.

Stay tuned...our next update will be a post showing us harvesting some good veggies and fruit {we pray!}

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Reduce, Reuse, Renewed said...

I love the brightly painting garden boxes! What a fun way to add more color to a garden.

Little Blue's Room said...

Thanks! I love that they have color too (I'm usually a more monochromatic kind of girl...haha) but I can't take credit for it since they came that way. Our plan is to add lots of color to our backyard. I think this is a good start. Thanks for stopping by!

Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog said...

What a neat idea! So perfect for spring! I popped over from The CSI Project--thanks for sharing!

~Abby =)

Little Blue's Room said...

Thanks Abby! Honestly, I think I'm more excited about this garden than he is...LOL {who knew!}. We can't wait to harvest the fruits and veggies....things are growing! :-)

Lisa Nolan said...

What a great job and a wonderful post! You made it look so easy! LOL!

Little Blue's Room said...

Thanks Lisa! I have to say that it was easier than I thought it was going to be. And if I can do this, being the novice that I am, anyone can! :-)

Jacquie Fisher said...

This is an AWESOME garden! I love the kids area and the place to hang the watering can :) We grow cucumbers every year and love the long vines. Thanks so much for sharing at the Discover & Explore Gardening with Kids linky. Pinning this so others can visit.

Little Blue's Room said...

Thanks Jacquie! We really are very proud of this garden and can't wait until we get to harvest what we've worked so hard to grow. I'll be sure to do a post of our final products. Thanks for pinning as well! :-)

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