I remember the first time my grandpa came to our first house. He looked out into the backyard and said, "You've got plenty of room for a garden." No way! I was not going to have a garden. Ever. I'd had enough of gardening growing up.
Fast forward a few years - we'd moved to a new house, and I decided I'd like to have a garden after all. Nothing too elaborate, but some fresh tomatoes, green beans, zucchini and other produce would be nice. My husband built me some raised beds, and I started raising some vegetables. I didn't grow so much that I had lots of produce to can, but we did enjoy fresh veggies from the garden, and I really enjoyed it. It really is amazing how you can stick some seeds in some dirt and get food!
A couple years ago we moved again, and I left my gardens behind. Because we moved in the middle of the summer, I didn't really have time to get anything from the old gardens, and I definitely didn't have a chance to plant anything at the new house, even if there had been a garden. Last summer came and went without a garden either, because we realized that simple beds like I had before just would not work. Not unless I wanted to share everything with the deer. Which I don't.
We never had deer in our yard before. A simple fence around whichever bed the beans were planted in was enough to keep the bunnies out. But here we need to keep the bunnies and the deer and the neighborhood cats all out of the garden.
So, my husband designed and built me the coolest garden ever. This thing ought to keep all those critters out, and look great at the same time. We've got raised beds and fencing all the way around.
And we're gonna have fresh vegetables this year!
Jason helped me plant tomatoes and peppers, broccoli, beans, and carrots - and some other stuff - when he was here. After he helped move dirt into the garden.
I'm being amazed all over again watching how seeds in dirt turn into plants and how little plants become big plants. The only thing the fence can't seem to keep out is the weeds, and those are getting bigger, too. but I'll get 'em!
For fun we added some hooks and hung my bamboo wind chime and another cool hanging we used to have on the deck at our old house, but with no pergola here we had nowhere for them to go. We also added a couple solar 'wine bottles' for a cute glow at night
The bigger the plants get, the cooler this garden is going to look. I can almost taste that zucchini!