Boxes of Dirt

On Saturday Michael and I woke up and decided it was time to take some big steps in the garden. With our weekends being taken up by either rain, (or in this case a holiday) we needed to harness as much energy as we could to get things moving in the right direction.  We borrowed a friend’s pick up truck and bought some lumber and dirt to make a few more raised beds. This is the first time that we had to actually buy wood to build with, as all the other projects were done with recycled/used wood. It made us cringe a little bit, but we figured our track record so far was pretty green.

I am married to a man who is part magician, part lunatic and part genius. When he gets an idea in his head and is determined to see it through, nothing will stand in his way. Nothing. So, by the end of the day on Saturday, four new planter boxes were built and a whole truck load of dirt was unloaded (one wheel barrow at a time) from our driveway all the way into our garden in the back.  We transplanted some plants and herbs, dug up a ton of onions and moved barrels to new spots. All the while chasing after two little monkeys whose greatest thrill in life is to play in the dirt. As we would be dumping it in, Calvin would be scooping it out…funny now, but not so cute at the time.

Around 5’o clock, with a half  a truck load of dirt to go, our neighbors volunteered to watch the boys for an hour…Whoo Hoo. Thank God for neighbors. We had to have the truck returned in the morning and knew that there would be no time to work on Easter Sunday, so we were under a bit of a time crunch.  It’s utterly amazing what one solid hour of production looks like without having the kids with us. Amazing.  So, at the end of the day, with the tools put away, the chickens in their coop, the kids in their pajamas and a cold beer in each of our hands, we looked out over this ever-changing garden of ours and smiled. Big, wide, satisfied smiles.

When we moved to this house 3 years ago, the back hill was nothing but overgrown cacti, weeds and rocks. I thought of that hill as I was looking at its current state…so full of life and potential.  The soil rich with nutrients, ready to sprout new growth for our family to care for and then harvest.  Those boxes looked to me like blank canvases ready to be painted on. I can’t wait to see the tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, greens, strawberries…and so much more.

I hope you’ll check back in to see how it’s growing and I’d love to see what’s growing in your garden too!

  One thought on “Boxes of Dirt

  1. April 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    What a lovely site! What beautiful photos (of beautiful children, I might add)! I’m on my way to work right now, after two days of working in my own garden, but I’ll look forward to reading more. Thank you!

  2. Amber @ Rowan & Oak
    April 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Amazing progress, Dara! We’re planning on adding in three more raised beds this year. We have to get the fence replaced so we’ll have plenty of boards, which (as you know) is nice. Here’s my gardening progress <a href="http://www.rowanandoak.com/rowan-oak/2012/04/gardening-weeds.html&quot; weeds!
    Hugs, Amber

  3. Heidi Voskuil
    April 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I love this Dara! What a family!

  4. Beth
    April 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Hey data…everything looks great, I love this time of year!!! What is that mesh over the one bed, I have little critters that seem to get at everything and we really haven’t way to fence…does yor system/material work?? Thanks!!! Beth

    • daraweyna
      April 17, 2012 at 12:33 am

      Hey Beth, I just looked at this comment…somehow it got overlooked last week. Sorry! It’s just chicken wire. We’re in the middle of building fencing for the whole garden to keep the chicken out. I’ll let you know if works or not! XO

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