The Gardening Chronicles – The Beginning, March 14th 2020

It’s spring break and the project the girls chose was to start a garden.

A fucking garden.

I do not have a green thumb. I never have. The only plant I’ve been able to keep alive for a while is a pothos and even that ended up dying after about a year or two. And I will admit, I have even killed cacti.

So here we go. Fruits and veggies better grow a plenty or I’m going to lose my freakin’ mind! *say that in Andy’s voice please*

I decided to create a small pallet garden, just two pallets long and with only a few plants. My mom had quite a few pallets left over from a project so I commandeered those to save some money. I had read that you need to use heat treated wood for pallet gardens and luckily these were just what we needed, woo hoo!

We’re starting with these little plant babies –

  • Strawberries (from sprouted plants)
  • Zucchini (from sprouted plants)
  • Carrots (seeds)
  • Yellow squash (from sprouted plants)
  • Jalapeno (seeds)
  • Cucumber (seeds)
  • Celery (from the kitchen)
  • Giant lettuce (seeds)
  • Romaine lettuce (seeds)
  • Kale (from sprouted plants)
  • Watermelon (seeds)
  • Tomatoes (seeds)

…. I guess that is more than a few plants.

We used a 50/50 mix of compost and garden soil, sprinkled with Epsom salt. We already compost kitchen waste for our grass but this batch isn’t ready yet so we had to buy some from the garden center. I’m excited to use our homemade compost when it is ready though!

We researched easy to grow and “cut and grow again” veggies that would provide a bounty of delicious food for our little family. If all goes well, I plan on expanding the garden and making this a regular thing. I also heard that gardening was a relaxing hobby so I’m hoping to get some healing vibes from this activity as well.

If you have any gardening advice, please send it my way! I am trying to learn as much as I can about growing our own food and would really appreciate any help I can get.

So here we go y’all, I am going to be a farmer.

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