Gardening Living

Garden Progress

Generational characteristics and tendencies venture far beyond our DNA makeup and clearly cross into interests. Just as photography seemingly snuck it’s way into my life so has my interest in gardening.

I grew up around photography and plants and somehow those things never really interested me until I crossed over into my early to mid thirties and now I can’t get enough. My mother and aunts always had large plants around, and my father would work in his yard from sun up to sun down.

I. Am. Becoming. My. Parents.

For the past few years I’ve tinkered with container gardening, not really knowing if I was ready to take the leap and spend the money to build an actual garden. This year I decided was the time to jump both feet in to this gardening life.

Proud to announce that all of the Dollar Tree seeds that I purchased on my Dollar Tree haul germinated leaving me with quite a few plants that were ready to be transplanted.

March 23

March 28

April 1

April 7

April 12

Where to put the garden was the number one question. Our yard slopes downward so finding an area that was fairly level was a bit of a challenge seeing the only logical place was covered with large tree branches. For nearly a week I tracked the sun light and decided since that area gets the afternoon direct sun it might not be a bad idea.

Friday, after spending nearly 6 hours outside I managed to make some headway.

I had been contemplating building a fence but briefly settled on using natural fence methods until my husband kept making jokes that the rogue stray/neighborhood cat would come, scratch up my dirt and pee. That was enough for me to come to the conclusion that I needed a fence.

On Sunday, my husband and I set out to make that happen. We have created the most bootleg of fences with 2 packs of 28″ X 25′ rabbit wire and 16 wood stakes for about $70

The fence is still not finished and because I am still deciding on whether to add another box or not the area is not completed but this is currently where we are.

I took to Pinterest and decided to DIY a garden trellis for my string beans and peas.

I used:

4 bamboo sticks @ $4.28 for a pack of 6

Dollar Tree twine @ $1 for 3 separate rolls

I tied a knot on each corner and used a figure 8 movement to connect the sticks together with the twine before sticking the stakes in the ground. Once the four sticks were connected I took the remaining twine and wrapped it around the top and bottom bamboo sticks before knotting it in place.


Hopefully I’ll be back next week with the finished product.

If you are into gardening or want to start join the Facebook group We Sow We Grow. The group has been invaluable in answering questions and giving advice.






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    April 21, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I have to put a gate around my garden as well this year. Something go into last year.

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    May 16, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Wow this looks incredible. I’m envious of your outdoor space! I hope you share more updates! 🙂


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    Great post! I especially agree with starting slow so you don’t get overwhelmed. Keep up the great work!

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