I freely admit that when I started on this garden insanity last January I was under the vague impression that gardening WAS a lot of work but I would probably be able to fashion something attractive that produced edible things without TOO much effort.
I was looking at gardens like this on Pinterest and thinking they were actually achieveable. (Damn you, Pinterest, for making common people think they can DIY anything.)
You guys? I am dying of Pinterest shame, but my garden looks like this:
(Good news! Nobody is going to Pin this sad garden! This website is as far as my shame will go. PHEW.)
It's SO UGLY. I'm so sad. I have two tables turned upside down, holding the wire in place so the bunnies don't go under it. I also did not bother to cut the remaining wire from the roll, electing instead to go inside and have dinner. Nothin' but high class, Pinnable gardens here, folks.
It was looking kind of okay, up until the part where I hastily wrapped chicken wire around the whole thing. We have a bunch of rabbits and I knew if I left those plants out there for even ONE night I'd come back to nibbled tomatoes. Towards the end of my TWO HOUR transplanting event (I am still not sure how I took so long to plant a dozen tomatoes and three peppers) I was of the "fuck this" mindset so I wrapped it up and decided to make it look better another day. (I'm still working on the HOW part of that plan.)
Also, I was having fits over those tomato cages. I wanted NICE cages. Perhaps DIY cages, because almost everyone on the internet that has grown a tomato says those traditional tomato cages suck. If the tomatoes don't have a proper place to climb then you won't get as many tomatoes and...this felt like a big decision to make. I didn't want to spend $200 on fancy cages, but I suspected that I didn't have it in me to MAKE my own, no matter how simple Pinterest said it would be. (PINTERST LIES! LIIIIIIIES!)
I talked to Elizabeth (my tomato garden sensei) and SHE uses the old school cages and if it's good enough for her it's good enough for me and also it was going to make my life eight million times easier to just buy the stupid things. I ponied up $5 for each the big suckers and crammed nine of them in my SUV. (I need to go back for three more.) We'll see how they do. I can always do it differently next year or keep these and add new ones to the mix. I spent $300 to remove a tree, $45 on cages isn't so bad.
(In other news: THIS GARDEN IDEA IS GETTING KIND OF SPENDY.)
Oh, yeah, we had a tree removed!
As previously noted, this tree was blocking all of the sunshine so we hired a guy with a chainsaw and about 15 minutes later the tree was in pieces. It was very impressive.
Then a guy came and ground the stump, which was ALSO impressive to watch.
I really loved the guys we hired and highly recommend if you're in the DFW area and need trees trimmed, removed, etc.
(LOOK AT ALL THAT GLORIOUS SUNSHINE!)
Aaaaaand I finally got some dirt
I got my soil at Living Earth. I paid about $45 for a cubic yard of Vegetable Mix, which is what the guy on the phone told me to buy. It has some good garden buzzwords in it like LOAM and MULCH so I said okay, give me some of that stuff.
Vegetable Garden Mix is a unique blend of compost, loam, sand, aged mulch, expanded shale and Texas Green Sand. It will perform well with most plantings, especially vegetables. It has excellent drainage, moisture retention and friability.
If you think this is not what I should have bought? Perhaps keep that opinion to youself since I hauled A CUBIC FREAKING YARD of this stuff around the house in about 20 trips with a wheelbarrow.
Oh, yes, that's Claire and my grandfather helping. COMMUNITY EFFORT, Y'ALL. Claire's wheelbarrow was an Easter gift from Grandma and it is basically the cutest thing in the world. She plays with it all the time, indoors and out.
I don't know, it's just not all that impressive. All of that work and I get....this? This is not inspirational. It's just a bunch of dirt.
Perhaps slightly more interesting, this is how I felt after hauling it around.
Thus endeth Weeks 8 and 9 of The Garden.