A few weeks ago we started the gardening process! A friend let us borrow their roto-tiller which worked out great for getting the topsoil loosened in order for us to start turning the soil.
The ground was too tough to use the roto-tiller for turning the soil underneath so our neighbor brought over a big, old-fashioned tiller that has the bottom soil chewed up and turned over in no time. It was powerful enough to take us off with it! 🙂
I had originally planned on doing a small garden but since the tiller was a little more than I could handle we ended up with more planting ground than originally planned.
After we got the soil turned over we spent the next day getting our rows ready to put in the seeds. I used the Farmer’s Almanac guide for planting seeds together and got it all in.
A couple of days later we put up a chicken-wire fence to keep out little critters. All of this was being done by us and not by professionals, but it appears to be working. The key ingredient for keeping our fence in the ground is mud. We dug out a trench to put the fence into, then covered it with wet mud from another spot in our backyard.
I’m hoping that our seeds grow really well as the soil we planted in appears to be like clay.
Despite the heavy rains and hail there are a few plants that are making an appearance. I’m not quite sure what they are exactly as the rains may have caused a few of the seeds to shift downhill.
It was recommended to plant marigolds on the perimeter of the garden, which will keep pests away from your plants. These were planted on the outside of the fence all the way around. Hopefully all the rain doesn’t kill all of our plants!