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My Garden from Wasteland to Wonderful!!

“If you want something done you better do it yourself.” This is something I have heard many times but never really thought about. I mean, yeah, of course you have to do things yourself. Oh but that means a bit more than I took to heart. You see, I have a lot of ideas. Big plans. Creative vision. But….there is always that pause. Hmm….I seem to think that I need someone to help me, or that someone could do it better, or…so I wait and I wait and I stew and NOTHING gets done. I get resentful. Why doesn’t my husband have time for my big projects? Oh, he’s at work for 10 hrs a day. So what. My retired parents could help me. What they retired so they could relax and do their own thing. Again, so what. Ok, it’s not my husband or my parents or anyone else. No really, the person I get most resentful at is myself. Geez, I’m no good at the blame game.

I AM capable of great things. We all are. I know it and you know it. We just have to decide to DO IT. My new focus on being meaningful, living intentionally and presently has me thinking a whole new way. I have this life and I better not waste it sitting around dreaming up plans and then expecting them to just happen. By the hands of someone else.

Case in point, my yard. I am lucky, we have a pretty big yard. Lots of room for my girls to play, our dog to run around, and space for me to plan what I would do with it. I had a big plan. To turn this…

old yard/ garden beds

…into a garden area with multiple beds, woodchips around them, growing our own food and teaching my girls how to plant and grow a garden. There would be veggies, berries, and flowers. It would be amazing!! I have had that dream for a long time. But up until last week that picture is what my side yard looked like. A blotchy not grass weed infested overgrown waste land of unused space. It made me crazy. But it was always last on the list of things that REALLY needed to be done or fixed around our home. So there it sat. There I sat. Both disappointing and disappointed.

But last week I decided to grow some balls (lol), roll up my sleeves and just get it done! I covered that horrible non-lawn with landscape fabric. I ordered 14 yards of woodchips and spread them, I used our old deck wood (yes, we save that sort of thing to re-purpose) to build some raised beds (oh yes, I got right up and personal with an electric screw driver) and I went to Lowe’s and bought plants and organic soil. I worked hard. I was a sweaty, blistered mess. But I am proud to show this picture of my yard today.

new yard

It may not be professionally landscaped but it has my sweat and tears (thankfully no blood was shed or I would have added that) and is beautiful, functional and no longer the wasteland it once was. My girls and I are out there daily, watering, checking, talking, inspecting and smiling in the yard we created. I am proud of that yard and myself.

new garden

*Disclaimer: To be honest my husband did help a little but it was maybe 15% at most and I’ll give my two daughters about 2% 😉

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A pallet garden project… “yard food fun!”

Today we made our first pallet garden.

'Yard Food'

‘Yard Food’


Here is what we did 🙂
1. Find a pallet, best to find one that is heat-treated and not fumigated if you are planning to grow food. (My husbands dad works at a boat yard so he brought us a few. Grocery stores should have them in the back as well)
2. Go to a store and buy 4 bags of gardening soil. (We bought Greensmix 100% Organic Blend planting mix) also purchase what plants you want to based on the number of rows in the pallet. We bought strawberries, butter lettuce, Romaine, Red Leaf lettuce, head lettuce and Arugula.
*You will also need garden fabric paper (we get ours at Costco) so if you don’t have any, buy this too.
Time to get the pallet ready 🙂
3. Staple the garden paper down the back and bottom of the pallet. I used a regular stapler and some nails. This seemed to be fine. (probably a construction stapler would be better but I couldn’t find one in my husbands tool nest). I also added a couple boards across the back of the pallet over the paper to help reinforce it.
4. Lay the pallet fabric side down.
5. Open the bags of soil and dump them in. My girls loved this part. Fill all the spaces in between the slats with the soil taking care to pack it into the bottom. (*important if you plan to stand the pallet up you don’t want you plants to slide down)
6. We started by putting in the plants in the bottom row packing them in tightly so the soil can’t fall out.
7. Repeat the up the pallet doing the space above. We found at each slat we had to make sure the soil was pushed down under the slat below to hold the plant in better.
8. Pack in the soil around the plants and then lightly water.
9. Leave the pallet a few weeks for the roots to take.
10. Stand up and lean against a wall, fence, railing or build feet for it to stand alone.

My daughters and I had a great time making this today. They were filthy by the end and very happy. We plan to make another one with flowers. Purple flowers to be exact (according to Audrey).

I have attached a link to more detailed directions, complete with step by step pictures, that I looked up after the fact of building ours. I had heard about this from a friend and I just went for it. Direction free. It’s do-able that way too. Be creative!

http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/

Also a link to landscaping with pallets 🙂

http://palletfurnitureplans.com/garden/pallet-garden/

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Old apples…

I just almost threw away 3 apples that were not as firm as I like them. Then I thought about being meaningful, adding value…these apples weren’t rotten, they just weren’t perfect anymore but…*idea* I could bake them for my girls and I for a lunch treat!!

 

This is what I plan to make! I love shrinking kitchen…they have the most wonderful recipes for everything and I am a one stop shop type of gal 😉

http://shrinkingkitchen.com/breakfast-baked-apples/

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