This weekend I undertook a challenge I have never explored before… gardening. I have wanted to attempt a garden for a while, but several things stopped me. Number one, I didn’t have a place to put one. Number two, I didn’t have the time to dedicate to a garden. Number three, I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. However, this year, all three of my excuses vanished one by one.
The garden at our lake house is gigantic, and was begging for someone to clean it up and make it useful. In addition, since my career change to teaching, I have ample free time on my hands this summer. Finally, I recruited a couple other more experienced lake residents to help me out with this gigantic project. The garden is huge, so there is plenty of room for us to share the work and the rewards!
So, on Saturday morning I made a trip to my local garden center for some supplies. I rounded up a new hoe, some gardening gloves, a set of hand tools, and of course lots of plants and seeds. I arrived at the lake house and met my partners. We spread out the loot and realized we had much more than enough! Ridiculous really.
Before we began planting, we tried to determine a plan of action. We mentally organized the garden and determined what would need most frequent access, what would bloom quickly, and what should go where. Finally, we got down to business. My father-in-law is an experienced gardener (not to mention he knows a bit about farming) so he got us started with setting straight rows. We didn’t have any rope, so he country-rigged up an extension cord which worked just as well!
After several hours we had everything in place, and the garden watered for the evening. (I swear I helped although I am not in the photos because I took them all…) If everything grows we will have quite the stash of veggies. Here is what we planted: corn, beans, three types of cucumbers, tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, jalapenos, carrots, radishes, green onions, red onions, white onions, squash, and lettuce.
Although Chad and I will be moving into the lake house for the summer, we are not there yet, and it is a bit of a drive. So I am very thankful I have a couple partners to help out with the watering in the meantime! I have already talked my mother into coming up to help me can some of these veggies, make pickles, and make some salsa, so here’s hoping they grow! Anyone else doing a garden this summer??