From the ground up.

When Tim and I purchased our first home together a little over a year ago, we knew we needed to prepare ourselves to take on a hefty amount of DIY projects around the property. The first thing on my mind was establishing our gardens. For us this started with the construction of a number of raised beds (six to be exact) for our produce garden. We used a modified version of the instructions found here to build the beds.

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If you are assembling raised beds of your own, I recommend finding out which local pests are your biggest threat and planning ahead to safeguard your beds against these adorable little terrorists. I unfortunately learned this the hard way when I had two very sentimental kale plants*, ALL of my cabbage and brussels sprouts beheaded while we were in Vermont for the weekend. This happened just three days before we’d fenced in our garden BTW.

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You live and you learn. That is 100% accurate with gardening! Keeping a gardening journal is very helpful. I utilize the garden planning tool found on GrowVeg.com and have had great success with that.

There is a vast wealth of knowledge we can receive from putting time and energy into the earth (soil)**. It is one of my biggest passions in life and I hope to share some of my wisdom here with you.

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*I DO have a strong sentimental attachment to many of my plants (as you will learn). I HAVE cried over the loss of a plant or pillaging of the garden by local furry ninjas. PLANT LADY IS THE NEW CAT LADY!

**My complete love of gardening is a blessing from my late grandmother, the woman who inspired my green thumb. Each and every time I help something to grow or share some piece of wisdom I’ve gained in the garden, it’s like a little gift from her. I am reminded of her every time I smell lilac or see a dutch iris or black eyed susan growing. She was a huge inspiration to me. I wish I could tell her how thankful I am to have spent time with her in her gardens. I think of her all of the time and miss her just as much.

 

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