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Because sometimes teachers need a timeout, too….

Just a little ole post here about what I’ve been up to OUTSIDE of the classroom. I have recently become a crazy garden lady. My sweetie, Olivia, and I started some seeds back during the week of spring break. To my utter amazement, they sprouted and have since become little beauts in my newly constructed, Daddyhead-built {my sister and I coined this term of endearment for our dear Dad} raised garden bed.

 

I loathed the way my yard looked in its previous life. Day lilies are OK, I guess, if you like ugly flowers. I just think they’re dumb. Just like tulips. They bloom for 3.4 seconds and then they’re just green. So, me — 3 months pregnant, took it upon myself to dig those things up. All of them. And there were a lot. But I am woman, hear me roar, and I did it.

So this is about the only picture I could find of the mess that was the daylily bed. My husband was forced into re-doing the above pictured flower bed when he came home from a business trip to find me digging up the entire said flower bed. Click here to read more about that, but see below for the end result of that disaster.

So anyway, after those stinkin’ day lilies were all dug up, my mini-crew took over. Hubs did the tilling and Daddyhead did the building. Isn’t my Daddyhead the cutest?

We filled it with dirt then waited and waited. Finally, two weeks ago, I took the plunge and planted my baby plants. I am currently attempted to grow 4 zucchinis, 3 squashes, 2 green bell peppers, some oregano, a sunflower, and some marigolds to keep the bugs away. It’s been so “I-don’t-know-what-season-I’m-supposed-to-be-so-I’ll-just-be-all-of-them” lately here in Louisville with the weather, I didn’t want to chance it. But, wouldn’t you know it, the day after I planted my babes, a storm came and took out 2 of my squash plants {actually maybe all 3} and a zucchini plant. Oh well. From what I’ve read, these zucchini plants are about to take over my yard and life anyway, so I guess everything does happen for a reason after all. I also have wildflowers that we grew from seed in the back of the garden, and I have basil growing in my house that are still to fragile too plant just yet. We also decided to put a mesh fence up to defend my masterpiece from the terror that are wild animals. Here it is in all its glory:

I have a smaller section on the outside of the garden is my “herb garden”. Right now there is oregano and thyme, along with some marigolds — just waiting for the heat to come so I can get this basil out of my house and into the ground.

I also have strawberries pretending to grow in this beautiful container.

And what garden is complete without tomatoes? This cute grow bag is from the store that now takes half my paycheck on a regular basis — Gardener’s Supply.

And for good measure, I made my own compost bin. Why not, right?! I just bought a black storage container from Wal-Mart and drilled about a million holes into it. Then I just starting adding compost stuff to it! Pine straw, grass clippings, leaves, and veggie scraps. I ended up also getting a countertop compost bin from Wayfair so that when I cook, I can throw the scraps in there and once it’s full, I can take it out. I stir my compost every 7-10 days, but it’s already looking really good. I put some compost starter in it that makes it really hot {which is what you want for composting to happen} and I think it really helped!

I am SO excited about my garden. It’s so fetch. I have no idea what to expect, but I am really hoping to eat some home-grown tomatoes and squash this summer. At least once. And maybe a strawberry or two.

Here are the basic tips I took away from my first 6 weeks of extensive scientific research of starting a garden:

  1. Plan to fail. Meaning, over-plant. That way, if an idiot storm comes along and tries to defeat you and your garden, you have backups.
  2. Do not plant basil too early. They hate cold. {I actually already knew about this one, so #winning.}
  3. Plan for critters. I got this blood meal deterrent {as disgusting as it is, it is actually working} and Daddyhead built a mesh fence around the raised bed. We also have a faux owl. {Shhhhhh…. the squirrels and rabbits don’t know it’s not real!}
  4. Water your plants.
  5. Don’t plant your baby seedling plants until they are either a) 6 inches tall or b) 6 weeks old.
  6. Use cayenne pepper in your potted {and gardened} plants. It will light the fire out of those little idiot squirrels and birds that like to dig in them for absolutely no good reason, except to be a jerk.

That’s what I’ve been up to lately! How about you? Talk to me!

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