Monday, April 30, 2012

Green Thumbing It?!

This weekend we completed the huge task of planting our garden--all smiles over here! :-)  Creating the garden bed only took my husband maybe a total of two hours considering that our backyard is full of rocks and clay and he had to dig out a lot of it to even get started, but creating the bed perimeter with landscaping timbers (these are untreated by the way) was a breeze.  It took about three weeks to complete because all of my plants that I started from seed died :-( and I needed to do a little more research before I did anymore.  (DIY gardening did not start off on the right foot), but I promised you the good, the bad, and the ugly and this got ugly fast!

I decided that as a beginner gardener I needed some plants that could withstand my not so green thumb.  So my neighbor and I decided to attend the Ready, Set, Grow gardening class that was held this weekend at the Richmond City Main Library and walked away with some useful knowledge about being a "smart" gardener and even walked away with some free plants.

Afterwards Jordan and I ventured to Southern States to get some Black Kow, a cow manure compost.   There I found five tubs of baby chicks (pullets) as they're called in the farm world ;-) and I fell in L.O.V.E.  I immediately called my husband to see if we could raise some "urban chicks" and he was down until....we realized we needed a chicken coop (insert sad face here) and needed to wait for the ordinance to pass regarding City of Richmond residence being able to raise backyard chickens, because right now the city ordinance reads:  No person shall keep, place or maintain fowl on any parcel of real property in the city which contains less than 50,000 square feet in area, but as I read on...I can have a cow no matter the size of my yard as long as its not wearing a bell--crazy right?! So for  baby chicks, but we will have some next spring for sure!  Look for the DIY on chicken coops to come, lol!

Anywho, after some help from the kids (not goats actual children) ;-)  we completed our lovely garden! 

I will post pictures regularly on the progress of our "urban garden".

We also have some herbs growing indoors...I'm in love with my chocolate mint--now I just need to find some yummy recipes that I can throw some of these into--any ideas???

Need some all natural pesticides?  See the recipe my neighbor was nice enough to share with me...

~1cup vinegar, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon dish soap, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, fill the spray bottle with water, shake...let set for a day....shake and spray

(always wash your food before eating!)

~A 1/4 bottle of wine near strawberries keep the gnats away.

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  1. What a great concept. I always wanted a garden; tried to grow vegetables in my flat one year but decided it may have got out of control when I had to climb over the back of the sofa to reach the t.v as their were too many leaves in my way I didn't want to damage.

    I'd love it if you could share this at my monthly celebration of the outdoors link party!


    1. Thanks Rosie. I would love to share this and other ideas at your link party! I have already posted it and I will continue to post others in the future. Please "like" my facebook page to stay update on my projects @

      Again, thanks for stopping by!