Quarantine restlessness was already starting to hit me just several weeks in. I had already been tossing around the idea of a garden when a leak in our ceiling caused us to plan a trip to Home Depot for replacement ceiling tiles.
“Let’s just go for it!”, I said to myself and my boyfriend who had no idea what I was getting him into. I really should have done some sort of planning, but I was just too excited to get started. I mean- how can you not be excited when you walk into the garden center and take in all the beauty? Plants, seeds, pots, soil, fencing, decor, bird houses. Where do I start?
I started by buying about 30 packets of seeds. That should be enough right? HA. If only I had known that I would be completely overwhelmed with plants in several short months. Cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants, watermelon, spinach, kale, radishes, carrots, thyme, parsley, oregano, and cilantro. I thought that should be pretty easy to handle for a first-time gardener who had no idea what she was doing.
I decided I wanted a couple of raised garden beds, so I bought one that was easily assembled and my boyfriend and I built the second one. We also bought garden tools, fencing to keep critters and my dogs out, and liner for the bottom of the beds. I also quickly realized that it takes about 15 bags of soil to fill up my garden bed, and apparently soil is not cheap. Who knew? After spending a few hundred dollars at Home Depot, I did my research.
I learned about the Hugelkultur method which includes adding sticks and leaves to the bottom of the garden bed. It takes up some space and adds organic matter to soil as it decays. I also learned that there are places you can get free dirt in your community if you can pick it up. Looking online such as Craiglist can help you find farmers or local construction sites that may have dirt or manure that can be composted.
I had my supplies! I was ready to be a gardener.