Finally, it only took four video episodes to reveal the actual place where my Twenty-five Dollar Organic Victory Garden will live. Why so long? No real reason except that I was so focused on showing you what I was doing inside the house to get my seeds started, I just didn’t feel the sense of urgency to get outside too soon. After all, once we do move outdoors, that’s about all you’re going to see, so I don’t think it hurt any to put that off until now.
So where are we with all of this? So far, I’m still at only seven dollars spent. I have many seedlings started and plan on direct sowing, possibly as early as tomorrow. My only expense to date is two bags of organic seed starting mix. I actually did intend to spring for another four dollars at this point and buy some organic container mix to bump up my seedlings. But now that it is the last week of April, I need to get those plants outside and in the ground, so I’ll be skipping this normal intermediate step.
Last week, I failed to tell you how much time I spent just clearing the site for my new garden. As this video will explain, I had five large Nandina domestica that, try as I might, I could not get them out of the ground with shovels and even a pick ax. So, once I figured out plan B, I was finally able to extract them. And just in case you’re wondering, “plan B” was a large chain wrapped around the root balls and my truck pulling them out of the ground. The plan worked like a charm.
Once the plants and gravel mulch were out of there, thanks to members of Freecycle.org, I had a clean slate to start my garden. On Saturday, I loaded my truck with two full beds of leaf compost. The mixed blessing was that my relatively new tiller stopped working before I could incorporate the compost into my new garden so I was forced to turn it in with a spading fork. And although it was painstaking work, it was the best thing that could have happened. By turning the compost in manually, I was able to infuse it further down into the soil and break through the hardpan layer; something I would have been unable to do with only a tiller.
At this point, the garden is ready for sowing. I hope to begin that process tomorrow. However, I’ll have to wait until my girls get home from school and do their homework. But the good news is, they’ve both expressed a strong interest in helping me plant the garden. In fact they seem rather excited about it. So, I’d say it’s worth the wait until then. And you can be sure it will make an upcoming episode of the video series. I can only imagine what I’m in store for. It sounds cute now but just wait.
And one last note; I have lots of video already recorded of the making of my outside garden. I plan on posting a new video just about everyday until I catch up so please check back often. I can already tell you, it will be worth the visit!