One of the things (among many) that I truly enjoy doing is gardening.
Gardening for good food
(vegetables and fruit).
Since my parents were here for 3 weeks,
I decided to pick my dad's brain and put him to work, since he gets bored easily.
(can you tell which genes I got?)
So this was our daily "special time".
Dig, cut, plant.
He grew up in a farm in Southern Italy,
so he is has a lot of knowledge about plants...plus he likes to be outdoors.
We made our garden area about 16x10.
Dug and removed quite a few roots that were in the way.
I use cinder blocks instead of wood, as they won't rot and we can move them around as needed.
I moved our compost bin right inside the garden area,
|DIY compost bin-project HERE|
and also we are about to install our rain barrel directly next to the garden.
|DIY Rain Barrel-project HERE|
Collecting rain water for watering is much, MUCH better than city water, as rain water does not have any chemical (like city water does).
I am also planning on removing the extra dirt from under the sunroom, so we can enclose the area for storage
and to help me fill some of the garden area, before I buy some.
I am expecting a load of free woodchips anytime soon to add to the top of the soil.
Woodchips are free, just contact a near to you tree cutting company.
These are the best to keep weeds at bay, and help the soil retain the water.
So far I didn't spend any money for the new garden.
I planted seeds (from last year) indoor, and they should be ready to be planted outside in a couple of weeks.
Also we will be working on a firepit area.