We dug up knots of blackberry vines and tall grasses in the sunniest spot in our yard in April 2019. Many days and blisters later we had the beginnings of our garden. I let the upturned soil dry out for a few weeks before forming berms and swales and filling the isles with gravel. I had started some herbs and vegetables from seed during this preparation but lost all of them to slugs before I could get them in the ground. Oh well. I got some more mature plants from our local greenhouse and within days everything was doubling in size. Today I took my first harvest, potatoes, yarrow, lemon balm, chocolate mint, white sage, kale and lettuce. I am so fulfilled. The potatoes were tender and delicious. I dehydrated the herbs to create my first every homegrown tea blend. I’m singing!
Here are some before and after shots!
It has been so nourishing to watch it transform with time, water, sunlight, patience and a little help from the bees and birds. I have fed more slugs than human bellies but it hasn’t felt like a loss, only a lesson. I am excited to expand my gardening knowledge and to feed my loved ones.