Let’s fail better this year

Today was a day for garden work. Yesterday the Mr tilled and expanded our planting area. Which really wasn’t an expansion at all because while we’re widening it, we’re also leaving very well defined walking areas. It’s my way of making designated planting beds without the expense of raised beds (which we just can’t afford – wood plus soil to fill them with is very much out of our price range for the size/number of beds we want).

We used tent stakes to mark out where our corners of our boxes were, and then I used cotton yarn leftovers to draw them out. We’ve had this idea in place for months now, but just seeing that even bigger plot of dirt freaked me out and made me think that maybe this was a huge mistake. I’m normally able to visualize things, but I just couldn’t do it today. So the yarn lines definitely helped.

The garden is broken up into 4 quadrants, with 3 ‘beds’ in each one. The idea is that this will make it easy to rotate crops year-to-year, which we haven’t really been doing much since we bought the house and put in the garden. We’ll be mulching the planting areas, and I’m not sure what we’ll do with the paths between all the beds. I would love to have the whole thing laid out with landscaping tiles or bricks. Maybe even just some simple stepping stones here and there with some sort of low-growing ground cover plant. Hell, I’d even be happy with grass. I’m just happy to have really, truly defined growing beds instead of one big mess like we’ve had every other year.

Today we planted almost everything, though technically our frost date isn’t until later this week. (Mother Nature might smack my happy ass back to reality on that and ruin everything, but I’m hoping not.) We have 3 rows of tomatoes, celery, kale, radishes, beets, eggplant, peppers (bell and jalapeno), tomatillo, corn, beans (both green for eating fresh and black for drying and cooking), cucumber, and squash. I have 1 ‘bed’ left open that is being held for zucchini and summer squash plants that still need purchased.

Later this week/weekend we’re going to be putting in the trellises. We were both just too tired after yard work today to plant and build trellises, but the plants needed in the ground ASAP as I have a tendency to kill things in containers. And since I had to spend $40 on plants after I failed miserably on seed starting this year… I really didn’t want to lose even more money by letting plants die.

I did splurge at the store today and bought myself something different for one of my flower beds: a pretty, big-flowered begonia. I normally plant impatiens, but I saw these at the store and knew right away I had to have them!

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