Um, tomorrow is March 1st. Ahh!
…Good thing Mr. Prevention and I attended a gardening class put on my 3 “master gardeners” from the Oklahoma State University Extension Group yesterday morning — it certainly lit a fire under my tush! I’ve just been obliviously going through the motions of life since I planned my garden several weeks ago. Maybe I was hoping it would assemble itself? 😉
After attending the class I learned that my plot selection…sucked. While the original plot I selected is on the south side of our house, some “research” proved that there’s just not enough sunlight. So, I have decided on a raised bed garden. I was planning to smother the Oklahoma bermuda grass, but I’m going to do a little smother action with a raised bed.
Mr. Prevention and I pow-wowed today and one trip to a garden & nursery shop and one two trips to Lowes, we are nearly in gardening business.
6 ft x 10 ft raised bed made with 2 in. (wide) x 8 in. (height) wood
8-inch tall 2 in. x 4 in. posted corners for stability
6 sheets of newspaper over the grass within the bed to smother and kill the grass
7-8 inches of soil to level with the top of the frame
8+ hours of daily sunlight exposure
close access to water
no more than 10% incline (fairly flat surface)
3 bobcat loads of soil + delivery and taxes = $96
2″ thick wood for a 6′ x 10′ bed = $16
2 shovels = $32
hand tools = $20
wheel barrel = $37
nails = $4
seeds = $12
I must say, it was a sight to see Mr. Prevention, a wheel barrel, shovels, nails, gardening hand tools, and 2 x 8 x 10 wood planks hanging on for dear life from the back of my crossover (hatchback open) during the brief 2 mile ride from Lowes to home. One of those very few times, of course, I didn’t have my camera with me! 🙁
The soil is being delivered to our driveway early next week so the garden should be fully assembled by next weekend!
BUT, I am already behind. I learned today that my lettuce, spinach, potatoes, and onions should already be in the ground! Oooops! Like I said, full speed ahead…we’ll make due!
Peppers and squash are planted later in spring, and tomatoes don’t go in til after the last frost: May 1st.
Did you know that you shouldn’t water the leaves of tomatoes? I do now! And that it’s best to water in the mornings? I do now! The class was great…I learned lots!
I’m really excited about my gardening prospects! Thus far, this project is much more time-consuming and costly than I had anticipated. But the prospect of home-grown, delicious vegetables and herbs will keep this project a priority for me and I will update you guys along the way! 😀
Question #1: If you get wood cut at Lowes/Home Depot free of cost…do you tip the person who helps you?
I say yes, husband says no. Just curious what you guys thought 🙂
Question #2: Does the cost of this gardening project surprise you? It sure does me!!
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