I’ve been spending the past few weeks welcoming Spring with a lot of gardening. Here’s what’s been in the works:
There were sad little weedy spots at the bottom of the stairs leading from the sidewalk to our house. Jonas and I decided to beautify, so he picked out a collection of purple flowers to plant. To make sure the weeds won’t come back to overtake the flowers, I laid a bunch of cardboard under the soil. It suppresses the weeds and breaks down over time to enrich the soil!
I want to try a wider variety of fruits and veggies this year, so Jake and I headed to Planters to pick up heritage seeds for the things we’re planning on planting in Spring.
Most of the Spring seeds need to go directly in the ground, but the brussels sprouts I’m going to try to grow need to be started inside. Eliza and I took a tip from Hey Jen Renee and started egg seedlings. We’ll see how that goes.
I’m not starting everything from seeds: I bought some herbs and lettuce starters from our local farmer’s market too. Those soaked up the sun near a window for a few weeks, but now that the danger of frost is low they’re living it up outside.
The biggest project I’ve done for the garden lately is a cinder block raised bed. This doesn’t look exciting, but buying and moving all of those cinder blocks was a lot of work! (I actually bought 15–I’m still working on a second raised bed.)
Cinder blocks are a pretty cheap raised bed solution at about $2 a block (in my neck of the woods, anyway). They have the bonus benefit of extra holes in which I’m planting smaller greens, like arugula. I also love how fast this solution was. The only real work was getting the ground level-ish so that the blocks wouldn’t wobble.
I laid down a layer of cardboard before adding in the soil just as I did with the little flower spots, then I transplanted my romaine starters. They’re not happy about the move; I hope they bounce back!
Are you keeping a garden this year? Any other urban growers with me? What are you planting?
P.S. I’m happy to have some adorable little helpers!
This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 11 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art / 2: Striped Scarf / 3: Pillow Covers / 4: Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines / 5: DIY Periodic Table Mirrors / 6: Band Pin Display / 7: French Monuments with Eliza’s Class / 8: Crystal Nail String Art / 9: Adventures in Dye / 10: Spring Poems.