Garden Update #3 | 10 things I accomplished this week in the garden | Making Her Mama
Garden Update #3 | 10 things I accomplished this week in the garden

I didn’t make New Years Resolutions this year.  Instead, I made gardening goals!  I didn’t want to pick things that I couldn’t stick to and wouldn’t achieve.  Gardening is also very important to me.  I love being outside, growing plants fills me with awe and has the side benefit of feeding my family.  We’ve also been trying to get a garden set up here since we moved in 3 1/2 years ago and I am determined this is going to be the year.  So, without further ado, here is my garden update for what we accomplished this week.

You can read all about my gardening goals in my post 5 Gardening Goals for 2017.  

My main gardening goals are: 

  1. Create the best soil possible for the garden.
  2. Kill the brambles
  3. Finish the garden
  4. Maintain what we have
  5. Plant dahlias

After the crazy amount of snow we had over the last few weeks….

It rained for several days and we were back to square one!  We’re very lucky that our new yard isn’t like our old one.  At our old place the ground was heavily clay based and we always joked that we had a swimming pool in the backyard over the winter and early spring.  But, not so here!  After 2 days of heavy rains, all that snow is gone, all the rain is gone, and the ground in the back yard is dry!!!

We finally got out to work in the garden for a few days this week.

Here’s how we’re making out:

Create the best soil possible for the garden

  • covered up the aging chicken manure in the new garden area with cardboard, then rabbit manure, followed by straw and then leaf mulch on top
  • ordered 12 yards of top soil which are now sitting in my driveway

Kill the Brambles

  • cleared a 17 x 12 foot section of blackberry brambles, root, root stalk and all (as much as we could find anyways)
  • taken 1 load of brambles to the municipal compost with a second trailer load ready to go

Finish the Garden

  • started moving top soil into the garden (4 wheelbarrows down…only a thousand more to go…)
  • I bought all the seeds for planting this year!
  • Joel got 4 free pallets from work that are 12 feet long each and we’re going to use them for the garden fence 

In the third garden update you can come and see the progress we are making on our gardening goals for 2017. Are the brambles winning or are we? We also have 2 steps forward and 2 steps back. Come see what our garden looks like now!

Maintain What we Have

  • 60 bulbs of garlic have sprouted from our fall planting of 88
  • started pruning 1 of the 2 mature apple trees in the yard
  • dug up my blueberries bushes and potted them until we create a new area for a patch next year

In the third garden update you can come and see the progress we are making on our gardening goals for 2017. Are the brambles winning or are we? We also have 2 steps forward and 2 steps back. Come see what our garden looks like now!

Plant Dahlias

  • I’ve been scouting out good spots and have picked a 9 ft. by 9 ft. area to make a dahlia patch
  • I have been researching how to best stake dahlias because last year it was like London Bridge and it was so sad to lose all my beautiful blooms!

2 steps forward….2 steps back??

We did have a few minor mishaps that have slowed down some of our progress.  First, we lost our bunny.  He nibbled through the wiring of his cage and we haven’t seen him since.  Second, I awoke this morning  to….SNOW!  It snowed for a good hour straight, then it stopped. We only got an inch of snow and it melted away in the warmth of the afternoon sun.  Back to square one.

Stay tuned for my garden plan reveal in my next garden update!

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So how is your garden coming along?  What great plans do you have?  I’d love to hear about what you are working on.  I love reading your comments and read & respond to each one personally.

Cheers,

Nadine

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  • maryjane says:

    Great photos! It’s going to be so wonderful to see it all come together as spring brightens the garden up 🙂 Cheers, Mary Jane

    • Nadine says:

      Hi Mary Jane 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind words. We are so excited to grow some good quantities of food this year (fingers crossed).

  • mummysetra says:

    You are so good! We moved into our house when I was 8 months pregnant and now I have a 7 month old and a garden that needs LOTS of attention. As he gets older I hope to find more time to spend in it though! #KCACOLS

    • Nadine says:

      Well it’s taken us 3 1/2 years of being in this house to get it up and going!!! And hopefully we’ll be ready soon. Every time I work in the garden it snows again!! We have had the craziest winter!!!

  • Eli Pacheco says:

    Great plan, Nadine. In this part of Carolina, the red-clay soil is the biggest challenge. We had luck with blackberries, although birds got a good bit of them, last year.

    • Nadine says:

      Thanks Eli 🙂 I didn’t know that Carolina had red clay soil. My husband is from Newfoundland and they have that same kind of soil.

  • I stay in an apartment but I’ve always wanted to keep a garden. This really inspired me. I think I’m going to keep a few planters just so that we have plenty of fresh air. Thank you!

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