March 20, 2011


In our backyard we have 4 planter boxes.  Three of them hold fruit trees that are giving us tangelos, navel oranges, grapefruit, and lemons.  (One of the trees is actually a 'fruit cocktail tree'  75% of the tree grows grapefruit and the other 25% grows lemons!  On the same tree!  Crazy and amazing, right?!)  Anyways... in the other box there was a dead tree stump.  I thought that would be the perfect place to plant my garden. 

I told my 16 year-old brother (who loves machetes and the like) that if he would come take the stump out I would pay him with the sugary things and treats from my house.  It was a good deal for both of us :)

Step one:

Burn the grass. (More for my brother's enjoyment than anything else)

Step 2:

Use a pick and shovel like crazy.

Step 3:

Pull out the stump.

Step 4:

Add lots of wonderful soil, mulch, and manure/nutrients. 

Step 5:

 Buy plants and seeds.

Step 6:

Set everything out where you want it.

Step 7:

Plant the seeds and sprouts and ....


We have basil, cilantro, zuccini, crooked neck squash, butternut squash, yellow pear tomatoes, heat resistant tomatoes, better boy tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers (red, orange and green), watermelon, strawberries, banana peppers, purple onions, carrots, snow peas and chives.  I am so excited for everything to be ready to eat :)


Andrea said...

Wow! That is an impressive assortment of plants. I don't know what it is, but I'm in a super gardening mood too -too bad I don't have a yard to plant in. Good luck with your crop!

Jonathan and Sarah said...

Good for you! I always wanted to plant a garden when we lived in our house. I bought seeds for fruits, vegetables, flowers, bought mulch, dug up the soil twice, bought a drip line... and it never happened :(

Merkley Jiating said...

All of those things in that little space?! I am so excited to see how they turn out! You are making me want to start a garden. That doesn't really work in freezing Ithaca. Also, we live in an apartment.

Rachael and Jeff Downs said...

Holy wow!! Really?! That's amazing! I can't wait to see it when everything is grown and has ripened yummies! Way to go!

Kimberlee said...

It makes me so happy to see that you are gardening. I am a novice gardener too but I am putting in a garden this week. It's so exciting but also kinda makes me nervous. I'm hoping with all this rain here in Oregon it won't be too hard to grow food. I hope you get an abundance of deliciousness from your garden!