Dirty Business.

I’m probably wanted for herbicide in the lower 48 as I’ve been known to kill more plants than Roundup. Needless to say, gardening and I don’t get along too well. When shopping for plants I always check the instructions for “Heat, drought and Trish tolerant.”

We have an old pond in our backyard that we turned into a garden bed long before Max was ever born. We decided one water feature (the pool) was enough to maintain and decided to try our hand at growing our own fruits and vegetables. The ants and birds ate well, G and I didn’t. Also, after the plants died, their seeds ended up in random places around the yard. We had carrots, cilantro, and watermelon sprout from nowhere. After Max was born, all things beyond baby that needed my care to survive definitely suffered. Sorry, Graeme!

Fast forward to now, we thought it would be fun to indulge Max’s interest with a garden and also use it as a way to entice him to eat more veggies. When we asked him what he would like to plant he replied, “Mustangs and diapers.” Ultimately we decided on watermelon, strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini, and jalapenos. Mustang seeds are really hard to come by…

We picked him up in the garden area.

We picked him up in the garden area.

A while back I had read about keyhole gardens and how they are frequently used in drought-stricken areas. We thought it would be worth a try and a way to compost a good portion of our garbage (I feel guilty bagging up biodegradable items in plastic). Using random gardening tips from around the Interwebs, we made sure to utilize cardboard, newspaper, and leaves to nourish the soil. I’m telling you, I need to make this as Trish-proof as possible.

 

Tubular Garden.

Tubular Garden.

Graeme built a compost “bin” out of basic fence wire you can find at Home Depot.

Choppin' Boxilli.

Choppin’ Boxilli.

Max’s favorite part was watering each layer. Toddlers and hoses–yeesh!

Naked gardening is the best gardening.

Naked gardening is the best gardening.

Here’s Max planting watermelons: a good alternative to diaper seeds.

His and Herbs.

His and Herbs.

We also have an herb garden on the side of the guest house. The parsley and rosemary are successfully avoiding the wrath of my brown thumb. This is Max sprinkling and dumping water simultaneously.

Jalapeno Business.

Jalapeno Business.

All in all it took about $200 to get this garden going. The majority of that was spent on dirt. So far, we’ve had about 50% of the plants survive. A few zucchinis and watermelons are hanging in there. The tomatoes and jalapenos are very happy! And the strawberries? Well, they are now compost…

Anyone have gardening tips?

Side note: I wanted to put a reference to the “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” nursery rhyme somewhere, but it took a really heavy turn after a quick glance at Wikipedia.

2 comments

  • Mustangs and diapers! Two essentials for toddler survival 🙂

    I’m proud of your zucchinis and watermelons. The random sprouts you could sell at a farmer’s market as literally ‘organic.’

    As for tips, there’s a mass grave of basil and spinach plants that I’m responsible and still traumatized about.

    My best tip: don’t forget about them! Thanks for sharing, this is cool to see your process.

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