New House Means New Garden

When we realized that we’d be moving in April with our hands and time busy in building an addition for our new home, the thought of a garden was quite honestly, not a priority.  Especially since there is no garden here already.  We would have to break new ground and start from scratch which is a job in itself.  We have had a garden and canned our veggies for the last 6 years.  I’m not going to lie and say I liked the idea of not having a garden… I actually hated it.  As silly as it sounds, the thought of having to buy all my veggies at the store was kind of a bummer.  It’s just not nearly as good tasting!  So that’s where it was… an unspoken agreement that there would be no garden this year.

Well a couple weeks ago, Matt perked up and mentioned having a small garden of tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, and green beans.  Not trying to push my luck, I nonchalantly agreed (while inside I was whooping and hollering in excitement).  So that’s where we left it… we were going to have a small garden after all.

Then my Uncle gets ahold of Matt and offers to plow up the yard to make us a garden.  Well shoot, if that’s going to happen, we might as well have him plow up a full sized garden and we’ll just use a small section of it for our ‘small garden’.  It was logical.  So he did.  When he was done, he called it a “2 acre garden”.  Oh my, is this thing big!  Long and skinny.  I walked it (heel to toe) and it was 25 steps wide and 67 steps long.  Measuring my foot – it’s approx. 1,300-1,400 square feet of garden!  The next day, our neighbor came out with a disc on his tractor and pulverized the ground.  It was now officially plant ready.


And then I made the mistake.  I sent Matt to get the veggies… alone…

After planting what he bought, this huge garden is now every bit 3/4 full.  No joke.  Our ‘small garden’ is now a full blown operation garden.  Matt is even going to go ahead and plant the rest of it in corn to use it up.  Here’s what’s on the menu this year: Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Watermelon, Pumpkins, Cantaloupe, Beets, Corn, Sugar Snap Peas, Cucumbers.  For fruit we have Apple Trees, Peach Trees, Pear Trees, Persimmon Trees, Grape Vine, Raspberry Bushes, and I got a Blueberry Bush for Mother’s Day so we’ll have to find a place for that.  The trees and bushes are in pretty bad shape – they need pruned bad – so I’m anxious to see if we get any fruit this year.

veggies in ground, ready to go!
veggies in ground, ready to go!

What’s all in your garden this year?


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