Saturday, May 19, 2012
So, here we are in Colorado Springs, 6000 feet in the air. It is beautiful...however, the back of our house is all stonework. The research began almost immediately...how on earth was I going to grow anything, let alone an entire garden. Well, enter the web site, Pinterest. It is here where I saw hundreds of images of gardens in every way, shape or form which you could possibly imagine. It is here where I realized that if you want to grow a plant or a flower, that just about any kind of container will work....from a wooden wine box to a plastic liter bottle...anything. It is here where I saw raised garden beds. Basically, a raised garden bed is a large bottomless box which is hammered into the ground and filled w/ soil. It separates your herbs from your veggies or flowers, or whatever your plan may be. It is very neat looking. So, my thought was, if I get a raised garden bed, I will have to put a bottom or floor on it and actually raise it. A good thought. Lo and behold, there I was @ Lowe's one day, and they were selling raised garden bed 'kits'....cedar...affordable....and it had a trellis! I looked @ Home Depot and this one was much nicer. I bought 2. Putting it together was easy, but I needed help w/ the floor. We went back to Lowe's and bought double thick flooring, literally. The garden bed is 4'x4', so thankfully, cutting a large sheet of the flooring in 1/2 was a perfect fit...again, thank you Lowe's. I called in help to actually put the floor on...enter Michael Steiner. If I could have done it myself I would have, but, he's got the power tools. Construction 1-0-1. The floor was on and the drainage holes were drilled. (Someone will be the recipient of some fresh herbs before summers end!)Finally, we were @ Home Depot just last week and I bought 2 wood pallets to 'raise' the garden beds. It was a perfect match. After 50lbs. of compost, 8 bags of 2 cubits of MiracleGro, I was ready to start planting...which I did, yesterday!!! I'm just getting warmed up, but I did buy Honeysuckle for the trellis, Greek oregano and Greek basil. It looks beautiful and I have room for 2 or 3 more raised garden beds. This is a mighty good start. The bottom line is I am thrilled and hopefully, everything will actually grow!!! The learning curve continues...more to come!!