Oh man I still can’t believe I have a post titled that. Really? Me? A vegetable garden? And it’s thriving? Well it’s true. It’s always been a dream (one of those dreams you think will never happen) of mine to grow some of my own fruits and veggies. Since the weight loss, I still eat tons of vegetables and fruit, and if you follow me on Instagram (@decorchick1) you know I am part of an organic co-op where I get an awesome variety of fruits and veggies every 2 weeks. Going to pick up my “share” is a highlight to my weeks!
So remember when I told you all we were building this garden as part of The Gro Project? It was less than 30 days ago. We had our family over for a BBQ and I put everyone to work. Mostly my mom. She’s the best. We planted on May 24 and here’s the step by step. This is the raised bed that I told you all I ordered from Sam’s for $40 to get us started.
We put newspaper and some cardboard down before we laid the dirt to prevent weeds from popping up.
Then poured in all of the dirt. We used Scott’s Moisture Control Potting Mix and that’s the soil I use for most of my garden projects. I’ve had good luck with it.
Emma loved helping grandma.
Easy and fun child labor!
And where there’s dirt, there will be a kid in it.
Okay so the plants. We bought okra plants, a cherry tomato plant, 1 bell pepper, and 3 squash plants. Here’s what a few of them looked like the day we bought them.
Then the fun began and everyone planted and this is how the garden looked less than 30 days ago.
And then as of a few days ago (on June 10 when I took photos) this is what it looks like now.
Isn’t that nuts?
I still can’t believe I have real vegetables growing!! The okra above is doing great and I’ve picked off several pods already and just eat them raw. I can’t wait till the garden produces enough where we can make a meal out of it. I did pick off 3 in one day which I thought was pretty good!
The tomato bush is getting out of hand and I need to tame it somehow! But maybe it’s supposed to be like this. It’s a cherry tomato plant with lots on there already.
Bell pepper plant…
And then my squash plants which have gotten HUGE.
And I was SO excited because the other night I saw this growing!
Yes a squash! And yes I know it’s supposed to grow because well, it is a squash plant after all, but you know, doubt creeps in and you wonder if you will really have vegetables growing. Or maybe I’m just weird. I’m sure that’s it. Anyway, I’m quite proud of my little baby squash!
I sent my husband outside to help me and inspect to see if any weeds have popped up because I do want him to be involved in our garden.
He did help, but the next thing I knew this happened.
I know. Don’t ask. Never a dull moment around here.
I have the LiquaFeed All Purpose Plant Food Advance Starter Kit and the Shake n’ Feed All Purpose Plant Food to use too when the time comes.
Updated: Although I have these products on hand, I can’t say that I am going to use them so I can keep my garden as close to organic as possible.
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The family did love getting involved though with our garden project and that makes me happy. Having a garden grow and seeing the kids get just as excited about it as us is all worth it. And it totally helps having a mom and sister know their stuff about gardening! :)
I’m so proud of our little garden and how far it’s come in less than 30 days!! If I can do it, I swear y’all can do it. What’s your favorite vegetable to grow? Do you have any extra tips for me so I can keep all of this up? I want to plant new things in the Fall too so I’m looking forward to that as well.
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