The farmers around here are "chomping at the bit" to get in the fields and start planting the cotton, soybeans, and rice. . . .This Farmer's Daughter isn't much better. . . .I'm ready to plant our gardens!. . . .Too bad the weather isn't cooperating.
Did you notice, I said garden-S?
We have a vegetable garden behind the farm shop. . . .It's certainly nothing fancy. . . .but it does the trick. . . .John has been busy at work on it for the last few weeks--building a couple of raised beds. . . .tilling. . . .composting. . . .
We put together the entire garden from recycled materials. . . .The fence was moved from another part of the farm. . . .The seed beds are framed with old barn wood. . . .The center planter was a piece off the chimney flue. . . .The gates were wooden pallets. . . .The concrete "rocks" are from the fireplace tear down. . . .Vines were cut from the bayou and laced into the fencing. . . . .That's our cute outhouse in back. . . .It's not actually in the garden.
In past years we have utilized the shop garden for tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers--all the basics. . . .This year, we decided to move the smaller plants to our rose garden--right outside the back door. . . .Plants will be better protected there--from the elements and "varmits". . . .I'll also be adding herbs to the mix. . . .Years and years ago I had a huge herb garden and loved it. . . .Time to start another. . . .
Prepping this bed has kept us busy. . . .Still have that big clump of ivy to move. . . .The rooster and chicks will stay. . . .The remaining rose bushes (4) will stay. . . .A picket fence will go up and extend to the other side of the walkway, leaving some room for a garden bench and potted plants. . . .The walkway is to the left of the monkey grass you see in the second photo. . . .I think I'm gonna love it!
Lots of work. . . .but lots of satisfaction, I think. . . .
And the shop garden? It will be planted with corn and the taller and/or sprawling veggies. . .
I thought we might start planting today, but the ground is still too muddy from all the rain we had this week. . . .Maybe Saturday?
Sure looks like there will be no junkin' done this weekend!. . . .That's fine. . . .I'd rather play in the dirt!
It's Garden Time, My Friends!
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .