When we had our storm shelter installed, we were left with a giant mess. I wish I had pictures to share, but it looked so terrible that I deliberately kept that part of the yard hidden from camera's view.
For several months, my children played in a rock/dirt pile, resulting in accidents, including a run to Urgent Care. At least half of the yard was unusable.
The picture below provides a good idea of how we felt whenever we walked into the back yard.
After three landscapers visited and never returned, I finally found one who was up for the challenge!
When he asked if I was interested in gardening, I answered with an ecstatic, "Yes!"
I've wanted a garden for years but was too intimidated. Plus I had what felt like over a year of morning sickness and digging in the dirt wasn't on the top of my priority list.
So we have not only a repaired yard, but also a raised bed! When living in the Ozarks, raised beds help avoid the massive rocks growing under the surface.
I'll take pictures of my journey and hope y'all will join along, providing input and advice.
This is one of those "creating culture/breaking tradition" moments! While women in my family had gardens, the skill was never taught to me. I'm learning in the hopes that my children may acquire this skill for the time when they rear their own children.
Since it's so late in the season, I'm starting out with flowers, zucchini, and cucumbers. Several friends told me zucchini is easy to grow. We'll see! I also picked up a pesticide claiming to be suitable for organic gardens. This sounds like an oxymoron, so I'm open to any and all suggestions. Or you can sit back and giggle while I attempt to keep my plants alive. I'm rather clueless right now. :)
Here's my starting point:
|This picture was taken after the workers leveled the ground, built the bed, and just before the sod was placed.|
|Tada! Ready for planting!|
Hopefully in a few days, I'll have a lovely picture to show!!! The children are already dreaming of eating fresh vegetables from our garden.
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