So, this Spring when I got the gardening bug, Mairin came over to check out my space and give me some pointers. She brought her gardening notebook with notes from previous years and what they were planting this year. She loaned me Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte and You Grow Girl by Gayla Trail. I read them both that night, started my own notebook, and decided that I was going to have the most amazing garden.
The next day, I spent an hour at Barnes and Noble. In the olden days, I would have spent a small fortune restocking my personal gardening book collection. Instead, I made a list of all the books I wanted to buy then came home and reserved them all at the library. I've been back and forth to the library several times and have read at least 15 books in the past month.
I made a list of the vegetables and herbs I wanted to grow, sketched out an idea, and started making notes about each plant as I read.
|My Initial Garden Layout|
Feeling slightly overwhelmed by the jumbled mess, I pulled out a tool that looked useful for marking or tracing out a garden bed but the wheel part wouldn't move. Dylan was with me looking for treasure in the garage so I sent him inside to grab the vegetable oil. He thought this was hilarious and asked more than once if I knew what I was doing. Obviously not, but it was the first thing that came to mind. He stood by cracking up while I "oiled" the wheel but it actually worked to help get things moving.
So, I started marking out the beds and getting my hands dirty.