We spent much of this weekend working on the vegetable garden. Actually, we spent much of this weekend working on the fence around the vegetable garden.
Last year taught us that three kids, one feisty puppy, and one digging wiener dog do not make for the best vegetable bounty. We knew that we had to fix the problem this year.
We started by moving the raised vegetable beds to a higher point in the yard that gets a few hours more sun than our previous spot did. Next, my wonderful husband build me a great little fence to surround the beds.
The beds are ready to be planted – that is next weekend’s project. But, the soil is beautiful and lovely. All the grass inside the fence will eventually be killed and we will create little walking paths with gravel. Plus, there is room for a small potting station off to the side!
I decided to plant my herbs in containers this year in order to free up space for more vegetables. I only planted parsley, basil, and mint (hello, summer mojitos!). They are mounted on top of the fence and have wonderful drainage in the bottom. My plan is to keep adding container gardens across the top of the fence so that I have more room in the beds for whatever the kids decided they want to plant.
And, the watermelons I planted a couple of weeks ago are starting to root and grow! I can’t wait to watch them vine down the sides of the barrel.
The best part of this whole setup? The kids like to pretend the inside of the new fence is a jail. Sadly (not!) they can’t reach the latch from the outside. So once they go in they can’t come out. Hehe…