Tuesday, May 1, 2012


I've been busy with a lot of outdoor projects recently and they've kept me off the computer and out in the sun.  That's a good thing, but I'm neglecting my blog.  One of my current projects is starting a small garden.

These are some seedlings I've started in the house.  I planted lettuce, spinach, and marigolds.  The marigolds and lettuce are coming along beautifully but the spinach has done nothing.  I'm not sure if it takes much longer to grow, or if spinach is a more complicated/particular thing to grow and I've already messed up.  Maybe the seeds are duds?  I bought small plants for tomatoes and peppers.  I'm also growing red onions, those bulbs went straight in the bed.

I'm more or less doing a square foot garden.  If you've not heard of that you should google it.  It's an efficient method of growing things in a smaller area.  My planter box is 3' x 6' and I had set aside 2 square feet for spinach.  Now I'm trying to decide what to put there instead that won't get taller than the pepper plants currently growing behind that section.

I found another great Ana White project for raised beds.  I roughly based my planter off of it.  Mine was pretty much just thrown together and kind of embarrassing/shoddy looking, so I'm not going to dedicate a post to it.  But its up on a hillside next to my house where it won't been seen well, so it doesn't have to be beautiful.  I will eventually post some pics and give a few more details when my tomatoes and peppers start growing.

I've also started a compost heap, have been nurturing the grass seeds we sowed a few weeks ago (it's starting to come up and fill in, we now have patches of grass and dirt, not just rocks and weeds!) and recently learned to operate the weedeater without having to get Mr. Backwoods to start it for me.

I've also completed a few more projects inside the house, I'll try to post some pics of those this week.  I've been finishing a lot of projects that were sitting around partially done.  I think the yard work should keep me busy for a while, I want to try and save our pennies for a few bigger projects around here that are much needed.


  1. Can't wait to see how these turn out.

  2. Loved reading about your garden project. I have always had a big garden but where I am now, I only have a small space so I am having to relearn to garden on a smaller scale. I might have to check out your square foot garden idea on google.

  3. I love seeing sprouts, it really is hopeful and happy to me. Good Luck with your garden!

  4. Good luck with your garden. Unfortunately one of the things I don't have is a "green thumb".

  5. You have been busy - can't wait to see your garden!

    1. We did a sq foot garden last year, it was wonderful. I just have not had the time this year to get to it sadly. Enjoy yours.


  6. Tis the season for projects! I can't wait to see this baby plants all big this summer! I want to do this garden stuff one of these years myself.