My Super Fun Garden Makeover

My Super Fun Garden Makeover

If you're anything like me, you get excited every Spring as you start to plan out your summer garden.

Oh friend, I have such a gardening bug! Totally love it!

It may seem silly, this gardening bug I have. It's my mom's fault. I have fond memories of working in the garden with her every summer. My favorite part was eating the harvest fresh from the picking. To be honest, those moments with her are largely responsible for my current love for eating vegetables. I'll take 'em raw, steamed, grilled, or sauteed. I'm definitely not picky about it.

Of course, it took many years of adult life to get to a place where I could actually start exploring the idea of doing my own gardening. At our previous home, we were short on space so I grew tomatoes and cucumbers in containers on our back patio. Now, at our new home, I have plenty of space, but with a family of four I really don't need a very large garden area.

Last Summer's Garden Experience

Last summer I decided to start with this set of raised garden beds. I wanted to keep it simple, but effective. They were super quick and easy to put together, easy to move once assembled so I could find the perfect spot before filling them with soil, and they looked nice with the color of our home.

Since we don't own a truck, we had our landscaping guy bring us a truckload of mushroom compost to fill the garden beds. This worked really well, and our plants thrived all summer long. I did have to put up an inexpensive fence around the garden, though, because we live in an area with a high volume of deer, groundhogs, and rabbits. The fencing definitely helped, although baby bunnies were successful in squeezing through the holes of the fence for a snack.

A New Design for My Garden Space This Summer

This growing season, I decided I wanted to expand my garden so I could plant more. I wanted it to look nice, though, since you can see it from the street. We don't have fencing up around our yard - in fact, most properties in our neighborhood are also fence-free. Personally, I like that because it's an open door for neighbors to get to know each other rather than "hiding" behind a 6-foot fence all the time like we did when we lived in California.

Anyway, last year the grassy area around my raised beds was often long and terrible looking because our gardeners weren't opening my garden fence to go inside and mow or weed whack. I would often take the only tool I had (long gardening sheers) out to cut the grass down around the beds. Total pain in the rear end, and not terribly effective!

In my planning this year I needed to come up with a resolution for the grass. So I thought about rock, and started perusing Pinterest to see pictures of other gardens with rock in them to see if it would be something I'd like the look of. I thought with the right kind of rock, it would definitely look cleaner than what I'd previously been dealing with.

I talked to my husband about the addition of rock and another set of raised garden beds. He agreed to the added expense, and I went to work making it all happen. It was a lot of work, and I had to expand my fencing as well.

Here's what it looked like before I really got started:

Also, the fence is all mangled up because at the end of the gardening season last year when there was nothing left in the garden, a wild animal of some sort must have jumped the fence and bent the fencing and posts up. I had to replace some of it this year as a result.

 

Gardening Before Picture

 

Here's what it looked like with the rock filled in around the beds, the soil added to the new garden beds, and the fencing completed. (Sorry about the picture quality, it was taken from inside our screened in patio.):

Rock, Soil, and Fencing Done

 

Next, I just needed to get my plants:

Unfortunately this year I was late getting started in my planning so I didn't plant anything from seed except for carrots and sweet peas. Everything else I had to buy at a local garden shop that I love.

The Plants

 

Here's what I bought to plant: A few different kinds of tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, and peppers. I also planted spaghetti squash, yellow squash, zucchini, butternut squash, broccoli, and strawberries.

And here's my garden for 2016!

Garden Complete 2016

A huge difference!

In the round containers I have a variety of favorite herbs. There's a small container in between them with peppermint because I need it to stay contained on its own and only a little bit. I also planted marigolds but they are still just barely starting to pop up through the dirt.

If you're curious, my tomato cages, pepper cages, and cucumber trellis all came from Gardeners Supply website. I LOVE them! So pretty and simple to use! They also store flat in my garage during the winter.

Now my biggest gardening dilemma is a rather cute, but terribly destructive chipmunk. GRRR! Time to turn to Pinterest for some ideas to make him find a new home and his lunch elsewhere.

Any ideas to get rid of this guy?

What do you think about gardening? I'd love for you to share your thoughts and tips!

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Rosann Cunningham

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Author at Rosann Cunningham
Rosann is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach specializing in hormone health. She is also a fitness junkie, with a specific passion for mixed martial arts style kickboxing and is trained in Krav Maga - a military self-defense fighting system. After a Hashimotos diagnosis which turned out to be a very wrong call, Rosann became her own health advocate and fought her way back to optimal health and wellness. She is determined to help her clients dig deep to find the root cause of their hormone health struggles, so they too, can thrive and live the abundant life of health and happiness they deserve. Rosann believes nobody should be a victim in life or in their health, so in her coaching practice she loves to integrate a martial arts style and sense of accountability.

2 Comments

  1. Barbie
    I've missed you! I am going to get back to being more proactive in encouraging those who have encouraged me through the years. I wish I had a green thumb. Sadly living plants and things don't survive long at my house. Have a lovely weekend.
    • Rosann Cunningham
      Oh girl! I have missed you, as well. I've been terrible about keeping up with my online friends, too, so no worries. I totally understand. Sometimes life just takes over. :)

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