Planting Dates

My dad told me about this handy gardening website.

You simply type in your average day of the last frost (April 15 in Missouri) and it spits out all the dates you should be planting your various vegetables and fruits. How handy!

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>Garden is Growing

>Well, we did it!
Our garden vegetables are growing as I write this. My back hurts like crazy but the dang thing is done.

 It was a poor sight to see this morning.
 The garden had become dumping grounds for the dogs. It also served as a digging hole for Chauncey when he got bored. Needless to say, there was a lot work work to be done.
 We combed it out, dug out weeds, filled the holes, de-pooped it, and mixed in a few bags of organic miracle grow.
 After that we sectioned it off and planted! We ended up not doing the potatoes. They needed more space to grow than we were willing to give up.
 After planting, we fenced it off to prevent the doggies from intruding. They’ll have to find somewhere else to dig and dump now. 🙂
 We didn’t water it because the forecast was calling for rain. Glad we didn’t! We got lots of rain tonight. Hopefully not too much!
Hopefully healthy, organic veggies are on their way!

>Square Foot Gardening

>It’s that time of year again… planting time!

Last year, my dad helped us set up a square foot garden in our back yard. I wrote a post about it so if you want the whole story, check out this link.

Well tomorrow, Austin and I are diving in for round two. Papa Gary is in Chicago so we are on our own. And, lets be honest, I’m 26 weeks pregnant with a constant back ache so really, Austin is on his own. I’m sure I will supervise and assist excellently.

One thing that a backache CAN’T stop me from doing is planning. So that’s what I did. Here is the game-plan for our garden.

It will probably change a little bit but this is what we are thinking right now.

Last year we didn’t have much success with the spinach or carrots. We thought we’d give it one more shot. We also used onions like crazy so we thought we’d expand their property a bit. Potatoes are new on the agenda as well. I have no idea how to plant those.

I’ve been referring a lot to the website, Vegetable Gardening Online, for tips on planting. I’m sure we’ll be on that website a lot tomorrow 🙂

Happy Gardening!

(If you have a green thumb, gardening tips are appreciated!)

>Garden Progress

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I’ve had quite a few people inquire about the garden we planted a few weeks ago.
If you have no clue what I’m talking about, click here for a refresher.

Well, the answer is, it’s growing!Despite 3 inches of snow, we are seeing green all over the place. The main thing we are seeing is lettuce. The spinach and snow peas are well on their way. We will soon be planting peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini. For the record, there will be NO tomatoes in our garden. (I can hear the groans of disapproval from my father right now). Sorry, Dad. They’re still nasty to me.

Some websites that I have found helpful to the newbie gardener are:

http://www.vegetable-gardening-online.com/
http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/a-raised-vegetable-garden/index.html
http://www.mysquarefootgarden.net/

>A Weekend of Outdoor Adventures

>We’ve been busy the past few days. Thursday after work, I was feeling the itch to do something outdoors. It was beautiful so I thought yard work was the best option. I was moving some rocks to a different spot and was inspired to create something.

It was a bigger project than I anticipated so with a little (unenthusiastic) help from Austin, we made ourselves a cute rock path leading to our gate! I think it’s great! Austin still isn’t convinced.
Friday was even a bigger work day for us. For months we’ve been planning to landscape a side of our house that was in desperate need of some TLC. It started with 140+ retaining wall bricks.
Don’t be deceived. These suckers are heavy! Moving 140 of them is not an easy task. It took two trips from Lowes. After laying down some weed fabric, we got to work on beginning the wall.


I quickly learned that Austin and I had entirely different methods for this brick laying. We both thought we were 100% right in our techniques as well.

My Method: Lay the brick down. Make sure it is level. Adjust if not. Move on to the next. Approximately 1 minute per brick.

Austin’s Method: Lay the brick. Level it from all possible angles. Make sure it is 100% level with the brick next to it as well. Add two pinches of dirt if it’s not. Use the rubber mallet to pound the brick into the ground. Level all angles once again. Add another pinch of dirt. Remove the three blades of grass that might be the reason for the slight unevenness. Pound the brick some more. Level once again. Approximately 7 minutes per brick.

Watching his process created an inner turmoil in me. After two bricks I was about to explode. I tried to explain to my husband that absolute perfection in every single brick is not only not important but will take 2 years to finish the wall at his pace. He would hear none of it and continued in his snail-paced, precise efforts. This is a picture that I took around 1:00. We took a break for lunch and the MU game and then ventured forth in our brick laying extravaganza.

(Austin made it a point to tell me a person driving by said our wall looked fantastic and asked if he did this for a living.) I was becoming more convinced his tetious methods were probably for the best.

After 5 more hours of work, we laid the final brick!
Pretty good, eh? We did decide that we are going to add one more layer to the entire thing so I guess isn’t not 100% done. The next step is planting shrubs!

So after working outside all day in the beautiful Spring weather, we were shocked to see snowflakes falling from the sky the next morning. In a panic, Austin went outside to cover up our garden. It’s times like these I am really thankful I live with a man.



We ended up getting around 2-3 inches of snow yesterday. Missouri weather is crazy. Hopefully our garden survived! I will of course keep you posted.


>Once Upon a Time

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Once upon a time, the Conners wanted to start a garden. They had the land, the tools, the weather, and the ambition but they didn’t know where to begin. They were sad.
One beautiful Spring day, a truck pulled in their driveway. Who could this be? What could all this dirt be for?

They were delighted to find the legendary gardener, Gary Drover, step out of the truck. Armed and ready (with his assistant, Janny) to work the land and help the Conners start their first garden!
He started the process by measuring out a plot of land, 4X12 feet long.After measuring, we had to dig up the area. Get-out-of-here grass!
When we had removed enough dirt, Gary went to work on a frame for the garden.

With the frame in place, we had to dig some more. Loosening the packed dirt up is critical for plant growth.
Remember all that dirt in the back of the truck? Well we had to haul it all into the new garden area. That was not an easy task! After about 20 loads of dirt were dumped in, (and a lunch break), there was more digging to be done. The new topsoil dirt had to be mixed in with the existing soil in the ground. Our shovels (and backs) got a hearty workout.
Next step: De-clumping. A tedious job in which the workers find big clumps of dirt to break apart or remove from the garden bed.

Forgot to mention, Gary brought along his work supervisor, Rip. He was skeptical the entire time.

Planting time. Gary enlightens us with all his seed planting knowledge.
Lettuce, snow peas, carrots, radishes, and spinach all went in on this particular day. More seeds to come as it gets warmer!
A little watering, some further instructions on garden maintenance, and TA-DA! The Conner’s first garden is complete!

The Conner family is happy once again. Thanks Mom and Dad for a hard day of work. You guys are the best!