When we first arrived to our home we became so busy cleaning and fixing it that we never thought we were going to have time to plant a garden. I thought by the time we started it would be too hot or too cold to plant anything. I was inside gutting the house out and all I could think of was MUST GROW FOOD! I kept on looking at the land and was really anxious to grow something. Back in California we had a few raised garden beds and did square foot gardening. But when we looked at our surroundings here it was so much more! When we were at a good stopping point with the house we began to mark out our spot for the garden. We had a general idea what we wanted to grow. Mainly foods that we know we will eat. Also, growing more than what we need so we can give away was something we wanted to do. On the other hand we didn't want to grow so much that we couldn't keep up with it. Being our first garden on this scale it is going to be a learning experience that will always be evolving.
We started by buying a box of seeds from Johhny's seeds online. Typically it would be nice to buy the veggies already sprouted but it would have been way above our budget. So, we bought seeds to plant in the ground right away. I first rented a tiller for a few hours to dig up the grass and man it was a workout! The grass is so thick and the soil is very compacted. After we tilled it we covered it with some black tarp for a few weeks so the grass wouldn't grow back. Then i started making our rows to plant I realized that I was going to need something to help the process. Being that the rows are 30' long it was taking me way more time to dig a hilled row with just a shovel and a rake. I didn't want to rent a gas powered machine either. I ended up purchasing a HOSS Wheel Cultivator that helped tremendously. It's a simple tool that our ancestors would have used back in the day and it just takes some muscle and sweat to move it. The soil that is on our land is very clay like so over time I need to add organic matter into the soil like compost. Before we started the garden we started a compost pile but it takes about 6 months for the compost to be ready to mix in the soil. After we hilled up the rows we began to plant the seeds. We also waited until some of our family came and visited us to plant. They were a huge help to get the garden going. Planting the garden was a nice break from gutting out the house. So, we ended up planting about a month after we arrived!
We really haven't grew anything since we sold our house about 2 years ago so we were really wanting a garden. Something about digging in the dirt planting these tiny seeds and watering and then watching them grow into healthy food that is simply amazing! When Penelope was littler she would walk out to our garden and snack on real food. I miss seeing that. Growing real food was one of the reasons why we are here. We planted a seed and said a prayer and now we watch them grow into something amazing. Must grow food!