Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gardening With Betty


I have never grown a garden, but decided I would give it a try this year!

I decided to do a raised bed garden because there is something appealing to me about gardening in a box. 

Perhaps I am part cat because as you can see, the first thing I did after building the box was to get inside of it.


Ah!  Beat you to it, Zelda!



Then it was time for Brian and Kia to have a turn at sitting in the box.



OK, OK, time to get to work!  We filled up the box with dirt.



Ohhhhh...Ahhhh!  



Here it is with all the plants!  Yes, I think we did go overboard.  We have tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, basil, and three varieties of squash.  Yowza!

We put chicken wire down before planting so Zelda and Mabel would not think we created a litter box just for them.

We had a lot of fun planting our garden!  Just wait until we get some veggies showing up.  You'd better believe you'll see it here! 

 Can you handle the excitement?


24 comments:

Baby Sister said...

Home grown produce is the best!! Well done with your boxes, I'm excited for you. We won't be able to have a garden this year, so I'll just enjoy the fresh veggies through your blog. I just hope I don't end up eating my screen. :)

Madi and Mom said...

LOL BB only a cat lover would understand the fascination with boxes the cats have thus we have it too. I've never seen a tiered planting box it is very attractive. We will wait with stinky salmon feast breath for your first batch of produce
Hugs Cecilia and Madi

Melanie Schulz said...

I've done raised beds for four years now- wouldn't garden any other way.

jenny_o said...

Excellent - looking forward to updates as the goodies grow :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I could probably do that. Maybe I'd have better luck with a garden then.
Must've been a cool box if everyone wanted to get in it.

Daisy said...

Hurray! I hope your garden is a big success!

Ann said...

When I was growing up we always had a garden so when I had a yard of my own naturally I wanted a garden. I did for years but eventually got tired of being the only one who would take care of it. I miss it but it's just too much work for me

Leah J. Utas said...

Yay! Box garden.

Hilary said...

Great job. I can see that you and Brian are going to do a lot of creative projects together.

Lin said...

Uh...I think you have your plants too close together. Squash and cucumbers need to spread out...a LOT. And tomatoes will grow really large.

I may be wrong though. THat's the fun part about gardening...it's all live and learn!

Hope you get to enjoy the strawberries before the squirrels and bunnies do! Be sure to pick them right when you see them.

Slamdunk said...

Ha, I can't wait to see how things turn out.

I am glad that I did not life all those heavy bags either--though I know I will get that call here soon enough.

Retired English Teacher said...

What a great new adventure. You will learn much during this year. That is what gardening is all about: learning from what worked and what didn't. Have fun.

Ms. A said...

That a very nice looking box bed, Betty!

PS: This post just showed up on my dashboard. LOL!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty - looks like you and Brian are peas in a pod .. with Zelda and Kia around to keep you company.

The bed looks so well made and I sure hope all the plants flourish for your delectation in a few months .. enjoy them as they grow ..

Cheers Hilary

Alison said...

I am very proud of you and your box! I would rather have raised beds myself, but when we moved in, we only had enough money to dig a hole the ground. :) Yes, I think you did go overboard...but all those overflowing plants are going to look so bountiful.

I bet you build another box next year. Gardening is addictive.

Out on the prairie said...

Maybe a bit crowded, but it will be fun to watch you get started. I had my first commercial garden at 9 so have been in the racket for a bit.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I hope you show us more pictures as it grows.

R Bella said...

It looks like you are off to a fabulous start. I hope you will share your garden's progress throughout the season!

Lois Lentz said...

I like the idea of a garden like this. Ohio has been so awful this past winter and Spring has been iffy. Today is sunny and looking good..finally...maybe I can think about a garden now.

annie said...

Box looks great! Can't wait to see what develops.
Still too cold here for planting.

Pat Tillett said...

Raised beds are good, but you have to be careful. Falling to the bedroom floor in the middle of the night can cause injury.

Okay, seriously now. I love homegrown vegetables are great. Homegrown strawberries are even better.

Mary said...

Impressive raised beds Betty. We've recently acquired an allotment and are currently planting lots of seeds and fruit trees. Looking forward to some great homegrown fruit and veg this year! Have fun.

Haddock said...

Now those pictures have given me an idea. I mean I was planning to do something similar. Does that smaller box have double the depth of mud in it?

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I have feline helpers, too! (4)
They certainly make the work go faster, don't they??!!