i have been dying to have a garden for the past couple of years but if the people who keep plants alive are "green thumbs" i must be a "red thumb." my succulents are lucky to make it out alive. its not even that i forget about my plants and don't water them, because i do! i don't know what my issue is. but this summer we decided to give it our best shot. for less than $100, we are going to try our hands at a little 4x4 organic garden!
what you need:
- raised garden bed ($30)
- 2 bags of 1.5 cubic feet of Foxfarm ocean forest organic potting soil (these are $60 on amazon, but i paid $20 each at our local mayos garden store)
- one wheelbarrow full of 1 year old compost (i'm talking call a friend with horses and ask if you can have some poop thats over a year old, this is important because new poop will kill your plants)
- seeds and/or starter plants of your choice! we did okra, celebrity tomatoes, roma tomatoes, cilantro, and green beans.
- leftover cardboard from stuff you've ordered on amazon prime (the box the raised garden comes in works great too!)
so i called one of my best friends, kari, who is the organic gardening expert. she graciously walked me through all the steps because y'all, I KNOW NOTHING. she said to first place the cardboard down in the bed, this will kill the grass and keep weeds from coming up through it. next you put down the organic soil. then last, you add the compost. after that just space the seeds and plant them about 1.5" down. she told me to soak the okra seeds in water overnight before i planted them, so i did that too!
we got the compost from our sweet friends, angie and harold cannon. i wish y'all could've seen cal's face when i told him we were going to spend last saturday going to a farm and filling the back of my car with horse shit. hahahaha! the kids had a BLAST at the farm and haven't stopped talking about it since! thanks for all the tractor rides angie ;)
so far the seeds have sprouted! i realized i might've over planted so i pulled out some this morning, leaving me with like 20 okra plants instead of 40 hahahah! i still have no idea what i'm doing and love all the tips i can get. i'll keep you guys updated on whether or not any of this survives. we plan on using essential oils for pest and weed control!
the kids have LOVED helping with the garden so far and it seems like they are far more likely to eat a vegetable that they have helped grow. so pray the plants live and flourish! ha!
have a great weekend!