Man oh man, do we have tons of updates for you! We had a busy busy busy weekend over here, as Daddy & Mommy planted the seeds for the vegetable garden on Saturday. It took them hours to get all of those little seeds into the plant cells, as they were surprised at actually how “small” some of the seeds were. We thought that we would have to get a magnifying glass out to see some of them! LOL Anyhow, they filled up 144 cells with their vegetable seeds, and 72 cells for the flowers, but we still have to plant one more tray of seeds! We got the best soil from Burpee, so we are hoping it does well to get these little guys growing. After they got all the seeds planted, every cell got watered, covered and the grow light was turned on to keep them warm. Also, once each cell was planted, they stuck a sticky note on top of the lid so they would know what kind of plant it was. Now we wait…
Sunday, we had another task to take care of – building the raised garden bed. At first, we were going to buy a raised garden bed kit, but we figured we could make our own a lot cheaper (and we were right) as we took the great advice from our friends at Home Depot. Our raised garden bed is 6′ x 16′ and that is one nice size of a garden, ready for tons of plants! Anyhow, Daddy & Mommy worked outside on Sunday in the air that turned quite cold, but they were determined to finish the frame for the raised garden bed. It even rained on them a little, but they still did not stop, they just kept on going.
They had to first build the first level of the frame and get all the sides connected with the metal anchors, then they worked on the second level. Once both levels of the frame were complete, they set the second level on top of the first level and adhered them together with more metal brackets. The tough part was picking up entire frame that was on the driveway and walking it over to the back yard where they wanted the garden. Man, you just never know how heavy something gets when everything is put together, but somehow, they got it to the grass where it will now stay. The next thing we have to do is lay down the black liner to cover the grass in the garden & to keep out the weeds. We will roll it out and staple it to the sides of the raised bed frame to hold in the dirt. The dirt delivery will be this weekend and we will fill up the garden and get it ready for planting. We will have a very busy weekend the end of May as this is when we are planning to plant all of the vegetable plants in our garden as this is the perfect time to do so for our planting zone, which is zone 5.
So, that was our weekend – – Saturday: Planted Seeds, Sunday: Put together the raised garden bed. On Monday: Guess what we saw? We just noticed that we have a little cucumber sprout starting to emerge from the soil! We can’t believe it, as we just planted these on Saturday! WOW, is all we have to say! In just two days, we got our first sprout!
Ya know what, until we made the decision to have a vegetable garden this year, we never thought of saving the seeds from the vegetables we purchased from the grocery store before, but now…. we are cleaning and saving all the seeds from these vegetables so that we won’t have to buy seeds for next year! If you never thought of this before, you should start thinking about doing this as it will save you a lot of money on vegetable purchases. You don’t even need to make a huge garden like we are, as you can plant your seeds in containers and have a nice harvest of fresh vegetables right on your patio! We can’t believe we never thought of this before, because last year we had three cherry tomato plants in containers just sitting on our driveway and they produced enough cherry tomatoes for us to enjoy the whole summer!
So, what do you think of our new raised garden bed? Do you think we did a good job? It took us many hours to get all of this done, but we are anticipating reaping what we sow and look forward to a very delicious garden this year!
What is going to be interesting for us to find out is “exactly” how many vegetables we will produce from our garden. Since Mommy loves graphs, she will count each vegetable that is harvested from our garden, and make a graph so we can see how well our plants did in producing veggies! It will be interesting to see the outcome!