Vegetables have become a part of my daily life. I hit up the local farmers markets and health food stores several times a week to stock up on all the fresh organic produce. This gets expensive and is not always convenient. Just like Willy Wonka has his chocolate factory and sweets at his fingertips, I wanted the green version of that… and “I want it now!!!”
Things you must know about my set-up. I live in a warehouse where there is no yard, well technically there is a yard but it’s a concrete driveway big enough to hold 15+ cars. Yes, there is plenty of room to have a parking lot, but not a lot of wiggle room to work with in regards to a garden.
Garden boxes needed to be built. The bf and I came together. I used his mastermind for the building and mechanics of the project because if you don’t already know, he is quite the handyman. He sketched out the plan and put me to work. We cut, nailed, lifted, and sweat until we had the boxes complete.
Dimensions: 14×2 (this box is no joke)
The boxes were built and the bf headed off to NYC. It was up to me to complete the project. The only experience I had with growing anything was a planter box in my kitchen window and the gardening projects my parents had me do as a childhood chore. You can imagine how much I paid attention when I found out it was a “chore”. Needless to say, I was and still am a rookie.
I decided to tackle the project on a sunny San Diego Saturday. Wait? Isn’t everyday sunny? OK….I procrastinated and waited until the day before the bf would be heading home to finish the project. I had cleared the whole day to focus on these garden boxes once and for all. I drove over to the local Home Depot and stocked up on soil, vegetables, herbs and a watering can. I was set. At least I thought I was…..
The next door neighbors had a large pile of dirt that they graciously offered up to fill up the boxes. My plan was to mix the neighbors dirt with the soil I purchased. I began to load up the wheel barrel and truck the dirt over. 18 trips later…. YES, I counted. There was still so much to fill. I couldn’t believe how much soil and dirt these boxes were holding. AHHHH. I jumped back in my car and headed back to Home Depot. I loaded up 8 more bags of soil. I was determined to fill these damn boxes. I was not going to stop until the garden boxes were finished.
After 4 hours of trucking, filling, and mixing dirt it was time to plant. FINALLY, the fun part!
-yellow peppers (plant)
-green onion (seeds)
-green pepper (plant)
This was all an experiment for me. I have to admit I did call my mom while pushing my cart around in home depot getting her advice. Do I buy seeds? Plants? What about bugs? Do I need plant food? There is so much that goes into a garden. I needed some advice from the expert.
I decided to do part seeds and part already grown plants. So far the plants seem to be growing good, I haven’t seen any action from the seeds yet but the garden is still new. I can’t wait to post pictures and updates when I have my first vegetable. It’s like I am a pregnant women waiting for my baby to arrive. All these women can blog about their first pregnancies so I will too. Pretty soon you will hear me say…. IT’S AN EGGPLANT!!!
Things I learned:
- Plant garlic or onion in between produce or herbs. It keeps away bugs.
- Building and gardening is a work-out!
- I love Home Depot.
- If you think you need 3 bags of soil, you need 6.
- Wear SPF, Ladies: wear a strapless shirt-or you will get tan lines.
- IT IS SO MUCH FUN TO HAVE A GARDEN!