The one bright spot to the backyard forest destruction is that we have sunlight in our yard now. It is still not a strong direct sun that you probably need to grow a proper veggie garden but we are giving it an attempt. I keep emphasizing to the girls that this is all an EXPERIMENT to try and not get their hopes up for a large crop. We leveled out one corner that had a decomposing tree in it to make room for the garden spot.
I didn't want to spend much money in the construction of this garden, since the chance of success is a bit bleak. Tom quickly drew up plans for a hinged cover system to keep out rabbits, raccoons and the like along with building plans for a proper square foot garden (link to my friend Katy's great one!) But I was very hesitant to sink the money into this. So instead decided to go the recycling route. Tom built this great raised bed using some of the many fallen logs that we have collected in our yard.And how about this fabulous Purple Plastic Pool Pumpkin Patch?? Tom thinks it is atrocious and trashy, but I find it cute!!
Then some old pots and planters from other parts of the yard that allowed me to justify purchasing new and prettier planters for the flowers!
We have a little of everything to see what will grow. Peas, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, celery, carrots and cucumbers! Wish us luck, I think we need it.