Dietzville.TV #009: Take A Tour Of Our Garden!
I’ve wanted a garden of my own for over a decade.
I am the daughter of 2 very good gardeners. My mom used to have her own greenhouse, and my dad has grown a large garden for as long as I’ve known him. So, you’d think that I’d be naturally good at it, right?
It was 2010 before we finally got out of Bible college, got out of my mom’s house, got out of an apartment, and FINALLY had a space for a garden. That was also the same year that a 3-year-long drought struck the Texas Panhandle (where we lived at the time).
The Great Gardening Fails of 2010 and 2015
That year, The Hubs built 3 raised beds, which we filled with good dirt and compost. I ordered carefully chosen organic transplants. We planted and watered. They flourished.
Then, in late May of 2010, the wind started blowing and the temperatures climbed. And the rain wouldn’t fall.
Despite protecting our baby plants, covering them when the wind blew, watering them twice a day, and mulching like crazy, they didn’t survive. And all our money and hard work was… gone.
It was such a disappointing experience. That summer left such a bad taste in our mouths that we didn’t try again for 5 years.
Moving to our homestead in northern Minnesota was a new beginning. The heat and lack of rain here isn’t as much of an issue as it is in Texas. The wind doesn’t blow 60 mph on a normal summer day.
So we planned, bought transplants and seeds, started compost, and tried again.
But our garden plot had poor soil. Last year (2015), we harvested just 3 strawberries, a few kale leaves, and 3 or 4 zucchini. The cabbage and cauliflower died. The squash plants got blossom end rot. And the deer got in and ate all our green tomatoes.
But This Year…
We were better prepared.
The compost we started last year was ready, and it’s home to some of the fattest earthworms I’ve ever seen!
We planned the layout of the garden during the long Minnesota winter, when all one can do is dream of green food and sunshine.
We started seeds in our lovely southern-facing windows in early March. (Here are the free and creative containers we used for seed-starting!)
We built a fence that’s much more of a deer deterrent than our last fence. (No fence is deer-proof, unfortunately.)
We built raised beds and filled them with quality black dirt instead of planting directly into our poor soil.
And we finally have something to show for all our hard work! I’m excited to take you outside and into my garden!
Take A Tour Of Our Garden!
Of course, there’s no guaranteeing that we’ll be successful this year. So far, so good … but who knows what the weather might do or whether the deer will decide to jump the fence anyway?
I’m feeling successful TODAY, however. We’ve managed to actually grow some beautiful plants from seeds — and even pull a few radishes!
Hopefully, I’ll be able to update in a few weeks to show REAL progress!
Worth Mentioning Again
- Dietzville.TV #005: Finding Gardening Supplies For $1
- Dietzville.TV #006: 8 Creative & Free Containers For Seed Starts
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