Growing up, Dad always had a garden...still does! I swear the BEST tasting veggies came from his garden. The tomatoes, basil, green beans, broccoli, zucchini..oh my! As a kid, I occasionally helped in the garden by watering and harvesting. As a teen, I was on lawn patrol and getting scolded for cutting heart shapes in the lawn with the mower. LOL.
Now it's my turn to "go green" and plant a garden...and you can do it too! I am confident that Dad's teaching and osmosis will guide me. I believe children especially love to get messy, dig in the dirt, plant seeds, water the plants, watch them grow and gather the fruits. I believe it is good for your body (working with the earth and digesting homegrown veggies), your soul ( digging in the dirt to find yourself), and it will save on the grocery bill to-boot! I am hopeful that this experience is a wonderful teaching/learning moment for me AND the kids.
So I've heard of the "pizza garden", the "salad garden", the "squash garden"...but I've got my own idea... a "Frosty Garden" (please hold the mother nature kind of frost). Well, that's because I don't know if I have a green thumb but I DO know that I have a Roy G. Biv thumb.
First of all, I found a sunny spot in the yard. I have a southern exposure. The soil is thick like clay. My friend Pat Genran of GNO Landscaping built a raised garden bed out of timbers. It is 6'wide by 24' long. When my hubby saw it he said, "OMG honey you made me a Bocce Ball court, awww you're the BEST!" And then I had to break it to him that, no, it wasn't a Bocce Ball court (not the right size) but a vegetable garden. His reply, " Oh, darn!" (He did ask Pat if we could extend the timbers and make it regulation size ball court...if the gardening thing doesn't work-out. And Pat said YES. Really?)
The soil has been tilled and a nice layer of rich organic matter has been added to the top. It was fun watching the guys layer the dirt...reminded me of frosting a cake. The next step is to install an industrial-strength-bunny-protection fence. I have painted colorful posts and Pat and I will attach the mesh fence. Stay tuned, that will be the first indication that it is "Frosty".
IN the meantime, I started some plants indoors from seed and visited my fave garden store to buy some already started. I made a map of how I will plant. I have a lisA fRosT signature must have...Giant Sunflowers. Tomatoes in a variety of colors & tastes. Green Beans, Sweet Peppers, Leaf Lettuce, Eggplant and Swan gourds ( I will plant them outside of the garden), In my pots I will plant Basil and Oregano.
I can't wait to "Frostisize" it with my NEW garden stakes and bird houses (they will be for sale on my website and in my "little" studio in June). MOSTLY, I am looking forward to a good salad, a good meal on a beautiful summer night with family and friends. AHH... pure bliss!!! (I hope you stay tuned to watch this unfold.)
Happy Gardening...xox lisA
There is no place in the country like Miss Cayce's. It is the most magical place in the LAND! Thank you Miss Cayce's and West Texas for the fabulous FROSTY party this past weekend. Your land is rich in oil...but your people are richer in kindness and hospitality!!! Thank you, thank you for supporting my work, my mission to spread cheer throughout the LAND, for supporting my momma and her battle with Alzheimer's. The donations that you're making to the Alzheimer's Association are so generous.
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