In Part 1, we removed the old garden.
Part 2, we marked out where we needed the new boxes and moved out the old plants we were keeping.
Part 3 was more of a funny update, as I realized how many of the Little toys we were using in preparing for the new garden!
In Part 4, a WHOLE lotta dirt got dumped onto our driveway.
Which brings us to this update.
This is when we are REALLY glad we live near family! Hubs went to work on the irrigation. We had sprinklers in this area for the grass (that was removed in In Part 1). Hubs did a little self teaching after speaking to a local John Deere supply warehouse on how to build a drip system, tapping into the current sprinkler lines. I’m honestly so lucky to be married to a “self-starter-gotta-figure-it-out-and-do-it-myself-guy”!
Grandpa (AKA “Farmer John” to us these days). Moved our exisiting artichoke plant to its new location. I like this move for a number of reasons. For one, artichoke plants are HUGE, and it used to shade other plants a little too much. In it’s new home, it has more room to grow. Also, the taller it gets, the more it hides the stuff on the wall! Win-win!
These are citrus trees that we already owned. None of them had done very well in their old locations, but after seeing the lemons popping through the trellis in these photos, I was convinced we could do something to cover the ugly cinder block wall. So these have all been moved against the wall and we are training them to grow along it. (AKA Espalier)
Then it was time to place the new boxes. We chose to make these a little taller than last year’s in hopes that caring for everything would be a little less back braking. I’ll let you know how that goes. (‘Cuz carrying around 3 little toddlers does NOTHING at all to my back already, nope, doesn’t bother it a bit…)
Though there were no plants in the boxes yet, watering the new soil helps to compact it and also makes sure that new plants and seeds will feel welcome in their new home. (Or so I’m told, remember, we’re only 2 years new to this…).
Then that big pile of dirt started finding it’s way back to the new garden. Thank goodness!!
If you know my dad, then you KNOW his Farmer John outfit was in perfect form for the day. When my dad gets involved with a project, he researches things completely and then immerses himself in full detail!
And soon it was time for a well earned Margarita!! (I mean seriously folks I’m not sure about the work the rest of my family did, but taking pictures is EXHAUSTING!).
OHHHH, and then there was the fence. I saw it in a magazine. Strategically placed said magazine photo under Hubs nose. The next weekend we (read = HE) built a fence. Lord love that guy!!