This year, we aimed to create a small flower and veggie garden for the girls. I’ve grown herbs in pots over the last couple years and have been successful in that, but I wanted to expand our variety this year. We rent so I couldn’t do anything directly in the ground, and our ground isn’t the best for gardening as-is. We still need to remove the last of the rock from our back yard and plant grass for this summer, but it’s slow going.
We got permission to do a small raised bed garden. It roughly measures 6′ long by 4′ wide, but is smaller inside because we used cinder blocks which measure 16x8x8. 28 cinder blocks and about 20 cubic foot of potting soil later plus pro-level Tetris getting everything home in our car, we had a basic raised bed for our garden. It’s nothing fancy but will certainly serve it’s purpose. Like I said, we aren’t pros, and we aren’t good at growing things, so we didn’t want to go all out this year.
I took the family to Home Depot yesterday to pick up some potted veggies to begin with. The girls selected Strawberries (3), bell peppers (4), jalapeños (2), cilantro (1), and then we also got seeds for green onions, walla walla onions, parsley, cucumbers, radishes, and zucchini. I’m not sure we will actually have enough room for all this, but I already have potted basil and green onions so the parsley may go in a pot too once they start sprouting. We also got some flower seeds, though I don’t remember which kinds.
Tater and Bug had a lot of fun planting and getting dirty! We also have a lot to learn about gardening, so I’m sure I could use any helpful hints you can provide!