For Mother’s Day, I asked my husband for a raised bed garden. My expectations were low. You know how it is: stale chocolate + picked over flowers = guy thinks he did his job. This time? He blew me away with three raised beds.
He and his father built me three raised bed gardens 16 x 6 feet each. Our yard slopes pretty significantly so the boxes are deeper in some spots. The depth ranges from 1 foot to 3. Pretty nice, huh!?!
So we filled them with high quality topsoil. And put up a fence (for the deer exclamation mark not the neighbors which are lovely by the way). And then we planted. Watched. Waited. I can only draw a Christmas morning parallel when my first seeds started to sprout. And grow and grow. Then we harvested.
Even so, gardening is a hobby, and can be an expensive one at that. And like most hobbies, you can spend, or not spend, at your own will. You don’t have to have raised beds or fancy topsoil for your garden to work and produce for you. Plant in the ground, or better still, cute pots. You’ll get results.
And yes, I could easily buy produce at roadside stands (which I still do to supplement) at a fraction of the cost. But where’s the adventure in that? I want to pluck ripe heirloom tomatoes off the vine in suburbia. I want natural, organic and pesticide-free. I want the pride of knowing; I grew that and then used it to feed my family. Don’t you feel the same?
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