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I’ve never thought of myself as a gardener. In fact, before Monkey Boy came along, I never considered gardening. Hun was the same way. Never in our wildest dreams did either of us ever think we’d a) want to garden or b) learn how to garden.
Yes, we’re all about healthy foods and all that. Honestly, our real plunge into trying to learn and figure these things out, didn’t happen until we knew we were pregnant with Monkey Boy. At the time, we lived in an apartment, so for us, it was about trying to locate and purchase healthy foods at the store(s).
After Monkey Boy was born, we moved into another apartment and gardening still wasn’t something high on our list. Going to the farmer’s market to buy the best meats and vegetables we could is where we focused our attention. I also started on learning more about healthy foods and how to prepare them at home. I wanted to prepare meals without all the added ingredients, chemicals, and preservatives.
The magic started when Hun came home having learned of a documentary about organic gardening that was different – Back to Eden. Of course, we devoured that film that evening! We learned so much from Paul Gautschi and how he’d re-learned gardening himself and had such great success over the last 20 or so years, just in that first viewing.
Although we still lived in an apartment, we knew that would be the method with which we gardened – one day. However, little did we know we’d have the opportunity to have a space we could garden, in a year.
Enter our new home and the wonderful yard space we now have!
Even though we moved in the fall, we knew we’d get to try our hand at the Back to Eden gardening method soon enough. We figured maybe Spring would be it, but then I was slammed with first trimester woes. So, we said, maybe in the fall. We still needed to figure out how/where to get compost and wood chips.
A little bit of searching and I discovered our town has its own compost yard! Yay, our dreams of a garden are becoming a bit more of a reality! One recent weekend, we rose early and headed to the compost yard. There, we were able to purchase over a ton of compost for about $30! That’s some deal! (If we’d bought compost at a store, we’d be well over $100 for this particular space.)
When we got back home, we laid down some blank cardboard Hun was able to get from work and set out laying the compost on top.
Yes, that’s me up there on the truck at 20+ weeks shoveling/raking compost!
This is our largest space, but not the only one we have.
Now, we’ve let the compost, rain, and sun do their thing to the cardboard. Just as expected, the cardboard is breaking down considerably. Our next steps will be to put another layer of compost and then a mixture of leaves from our yard and wood chips from our town’s compost yard (yes, they have that too!). Then, we’ll let it all sit through the winter and we should be ready to plant in spring next year! That’s the plan and I’m so excited that we’re further along in our gardening journey!
In the meantime, we have a small space that we prepared in a slightly more traditional way as I had a friend with extra tomato plants and they needed to go in sooner rather than later.
And….it looks like were getting some buds, which is quite exciting! Hopefully, we’ll be able to have a few fresh tomatoes from this small plot in the next month or so!
Oh, and I almost forgot. We even made a small composting area so we can start making some of our own compost, too!
I’ll definitely have updates on how our garden progresses and things that we learn along the way!
Have you ever gardened? What method do you use in your gardening practice? Any tips or recommendations you might have for us?