I reminded him that I've been coughing for 13 weeks. I don't have much sympathy for his overall condition, though I feel bad for him.
I appreciated that even though he was sick, he still came with me to a local nursery for a raised bed gardening seminar.
I've already started sketching my plans, and googled the shit out of any terms that could be related to raised bed gardening. I've found several great sites, and have modified my initial thoughts.
We have a fairly large back yard, so I'm thinking of doing a 'vegteable bed' that is 4' x 16', and a 'fruit/herb bed' that will be 4' x 8'.
If any of you have any great ideas, or tips, or tricks... please, pass them on!
Growing up we always had a garden, and we HATED 'weed duty'. My brother and I each had to weed for 1/2 an hour during the summer... something about making us 'enjoy the outdoors' or something. I would beg, plead, bargain, and trade everyone else chores to get out of it. My Mom eventually laughed, because I was doing 1-2 hours worth of chores inside to get out of the 1/2 hour outside. Ya. That was me. The girl who hated outside. Really, not much has changed, but I've got some more gusto for outdoor activities when it's related to our house... I've built a fence, I've cleaned mortar off bricks, I've mowed the grass. So, I'm thinking this will be the same type of thing... I'll have more ownership. Maybe?
I attempted it once before in our last house. It was the summer my husband deployed, so I thought it would give me something to do. We build our fence 8 feet shy of our lot line, because all the utilities ran the lot line, and we would have had to hand dig every hole... I did the garden on the other side of the fence, and it turned into one of those 'out of sight- out of mind' things. I got a few puny tomatoes, and a squash. Overall, not a successful endeavor.
(sidenote- a commercial for Bambi just came on, and Trav asked if his Mom got hit by a car.... "no honey, shot by a hunter"... "meh- same thing" he says?!?)
So, for now, this is the picture of my garden... all the info they gave us today!
So, in a word, today was all about gardening (or hopeful gardening?)