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We finally got it all planted! Kenzie, Becky and I got out there Friday and planted our replacements for the seedlings I killed. It didn’t take long at all but we also had Mosquitos chasing around the backyard so we were git-n-er-done it fairly quickly.

I’m not sure if you are supposed to plant on mounds or not but we did. I’m glad we did because a monsoon blew through that night and the mounds saved our plants! Everything not mounded, was practically washed away!

Have a great night.


Well, the seedlings all died. I don’t know what happened. They were thriving in the window, we went out of town, it rained, and finally when it was looking like a good time to plant the little buggers, they died. When the were looking malnurished I planted them in my kid’s wagon thinking they needed some new rich soil to expand their roots. The next day they were not with us anymore.

On to Plan B, not that there was ever a plan B but now we are going to plant seed directly into the soil and we’ll have to buy a few plants like tomatoes and peppers.

If you happen to know what happened to my seedlings, please let me know. I am baffled.

Have a great weekend everyone. If you have time, you might search on SRI growing methods for rice. I’m going to use those methods for the garden whenever and wherever applicable to see if it makes a difference.

Here is the garden.  I took some 2X12′ boards 10 feet long and made this raised bed.  It was really simple to make, just takes some time.  Using some galvanized connectors from The Home Depot and 1 foot long cut-offs, I made the joins and filled it with dirt. 13 Tons of it!  100 wheelbarrows full! Actually it wasn’t as bad as you would think.  I had a little help too. 

I know that many people like to make their beds fairly narrow for easy planting and harvesting without stepping into the garden. I plan to just lay some wood planks or stepping stones down for easy travel in the garden.  

Over the last few weeks, I have met so many first-time gardeners. I hope they all join the Suburban Gardeners Facebook group and share their stories, methods, failures, and successes so we can all learn from each other. I want to see pictures of your gardens!

30' X 12.5'

30' X 12.5'

So after moving all that dirt I had to take some time off. Pathetic, I know!
The great thing about a garden, is that it continues to grow even when I am sleeping or sitting on the couch! The seedlings are doing well. Some plant are really thriving while some are just barely alive.

He's the little jungle, soaking up the sunlight.

Here's the little jungle, soaking up the sunlight.

I just finished moving 13 tons of dirt from the front yard to the backyard. I feel accomplished! Saturday I built the raised bed, moved 10 wheelbarrows of dirt. Sunday, I moved approximately 70 wheelbarrows, and tonight I finished it off with 20 loads. That is a lot of work!

I’m tired and going to sleep. I’ll fill you all in tomorrow with a real post with pictures.

Before I drift off, Butler Brothers provided me the dirt for a good price and didn’t charge a thing for delivery. I highly recommend using them for all your dirt needs. I also have to give props to my daughter for being such a big help. She was amazing! And a special thanks to Cody for his help and hard work. He’s getting the second watermelon harvested. I hope it is a good one.

Martin nature park is offering a demonstration on composting and rainwater capture systems on April 25th. I would highly recommend learning how to do both. Unfortunately, I can’t make it that day but if someone will video it, I’ll post it on the blog for all to see.


Starting a garden can be a fun project for then entire family. It can also work for many people no matter how much space you have to work with because you can customize your garden to any environment. Also, in some places, you can find community gardens that are unused spaces converted to a garden that is usually divided into sections for families to each have their own space.

It doesn’t have to be very big to yield a ton of vegetables. A friend recently informed me that you can feed a family of four with a garden of 50 square feet. I wish someone would have told me that before I went overboard!

My planned garden is 30ft by 12.5ft but most of the space is for watermelon and cantelope, both of which need lots of space.

I looked at the seed packages and if it said the spacing was 5′ by 6′ then I would assume that the plant needs 30 square feet to grow. Now, I’m looking at that again and I’m not sure if I’m using those spacing recommendations correctly. If you have any idea on how to interpret those, please let me know.

Ok, so here are my little seedlings! I’m so proud. They are growing so fast!

So, I finally took pictures for the blog tonight. I should have them posted tomorrow.

As mentioned on the ‘About’ page, I’m growing a garden in the middle of suburbia to feed my family good foods and hopefully we can all learn something about horticulture, economics, and community. Right now I have sprouts in a mini greenhouse germinating as I ready the planting area in the backyard which should be ready for planting next weekend.

So far, I have planned out the area using a simple spreadsheet which I will be sharing soon (once I figure out how to do that!). Becky purchased and planted the seeds in the mini greenhouse. This last week, I called around getting prices for all the materials that will be needed for the planting area.

I’m going to walk through each of those in detail once I get some time. For now, I’m calling it a day. Have a great new week!

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