Day #2 Spring Cleaning Challenge

Today was gorgeous and the first day all winter that I spent all day outside. The sun was shining and the birds were singing. It was in the high 70s all day. I thought it would be a great day to tackle an outdoor project.

My husband and I spent hours on the side of our house digging out bricks that were buried (no idea where they came from), creating two raised beds, and planting our seeds for a spring/summer garden. It was hard work but totally worth it!!

After we dug out the bricks we created a raised bed with them. I wanted to recycle the bricks somehow and figured this would be the best use for them (pics coming, ran out of day light). We laid down gardening fabric and then covered it in homemade compost and soil. This is where we are planting spring mix lettuce and spinach. We go through a great deal of this in our house so we planted a bunch of it. We also got some dill and basil going. I still have more herbs to pick up that I would like to try this year.

In small biodegradable pots we started the seeds for bell peppers, beans, and three varieties of tomatoes. I still need to pick up some more seeds for other vegetables tomorrow. We are focused on container gardening as much as possible because we have very little land where we live.

The best part of this garden is that it has only cost $15 so far to start. We already had most of the seeds from last year’s garden. I am hoping to make this as cheap as possible.

I will take pictures and post those tomorrow. We still have a threat of frost in our area but nothing that I am too worried about. Our little pots are portable so we can bring them in when it is too chilly and we have the ability to cover the spinach and lettuce. It will be a ton of work but I am really excited to get started with it. This is the first year I have been involved in our garden. My Library Bookshusband usually starts it and does all of the work.

On that note, I didn’t get to my day #2 challenge! Ugh, I’m disappointed in myself, sorta. I worked really hard outside today and had a great time in the sunshine. I didn’t sit on my butt all day watching t.v. so I count this as a victory even though I didn’t clean what I intended to. Looks like my challenge is pushed one day!

Once I get my new seeds I’ll do a post on my garden and progress with it. Keep in mind I am brand new to gardening! I will make mistakes and I am okay with that. Luckily my local library had a bunch of great container gardening books that I picked up.

What are your tips and tricks for a home garden? What success or failures have you experienced?


5 thoughts on “Day #2 Spring Cleaning Challenge

  1. KC says:

    I soooo want to start a garden, but will first have to do some research and start things in pots. I also want to plant herbs. Sadly, I do NOT have a green thumb, but I am going to try. Thanks for the motivation/inspiration!

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    • Curvy Girl Story says:

      You should start one!! It is a huge learning process but totally worth it. If you think you don’t have a green thumb just pick up plants that have already started from the store and see how you do with those. Research the plant you are growing and keep a schedule on how to care for it. I promise you that you will not regret it.


      • KC says:

        Thanks! I think I am going to try this weekend!! I, too, am a renter (of a house) but thankfully we have a bit of freedom as far as what we do so I would also like to plant some veggies and fruit, but that will definitely take some research 😉 Can’t wait to see how yours goes!! Just read your latest post and it is really motivating me!

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      • Curvy Girl Story says:

        I hope you have great success with your garden! They are a ton of work but worth it. I’m a teacher full time so having the summer off to tend to my garden is helpful. I highly recommend making a plan that works for your needs so that you don’t get overwhelmed with it.


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