So, now it was time to plant the massive amount of greenery that was sitting on the red picnic table on my front porch. Where to even begin? I needed a plan, and since making personal decisions is not a strong point of mine, this was going to be tough.
They could all fit in the back garden, but they would be smushed. That meant I was going to have to plant both gardens, and decide what would go where. Since I previously had luck with tomatoes in my front garden I decided they would stay there, along with the basil and everything else would go in the back.
I found beautiful snapdragons that I was going to pot, but then had an idea to try something different. Well, different for me. I would create a border with the flowers I had originally purchased to put in pots. There were an equal number of them, so I would plant six sets of them — kind of like mini gardens.
There are 5 easy steps to doing this:
- Space all the plants out in the places they will be planted.
- Cut a square out of the weed block.
- Scoop out about 3 inches or more of dirt from the square.
- Place the plants in each of the four corners leaving an inch from the edge of the square.
- Cover with the removed dirt.
That, plus the tomatoes and basil completed the front garden and then it was time to tackle the back. The veggies going into the back included multiples of: broccoli, kale, cauliflower, watermelon, green and yellow squash, celery, cantaloupe, butternut squash, bell peppers, poblano peppers, eggplant, pumpkin and habanero peppers.
I did a similar process of cutting a small square, taking out the dirt, putting the plant in and then covering it with dirt.
It took more than an entire afternoon, but the garden was finally planted. Since my backyard is home to groundhogs, foxes, birds, squirrels, chipmunks and who knows what else, fencing in the area was going to be a must.
Tomorrow, I’ll share with you how we put up a fence and the materials we used. It was actually a lot easier than you may think!