This past week was midterms week as well as my last week to get my application in to start my first round of teaching internships this fall. That meant getting fingerprinted, taking said fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, hounding a professor for a recommendation to go along with my application, and completing and dropping off all of my paperwork downtown. Who has time for all of that!? Luckily I have a daughter that is a trooper when it comes to long boring errand runs, so I was able to get it all done rather quickly. We even discovered a new park in the process on the other side of town and had an impromptu picnic lunch together.
This weekend we start the Big Family Gardening Project! S and I will be building three large raised garden beds. We're picking up materials today! I'm very excited about this. I've been wanting a full fledged garden since we bought our house, but the back corner of our lot that I designated for gardening just isn't very good quality soil. We've also been so focused on how to revive our grass. It's awful. I want to just start over from scratch, but don't have the time to do it. Solution? The garden beds we're building will cover the side of our yard with the hardest to care for grass. It's in the sun all day long and the grass just doesn't thrive once the scorching summer heat is in full swing. These garden beds will pretty up that side of the yard and have attachments for canopy and netting should we need them. Plus, they'll be so close to our back door that the veggies won't get neglected like they tend to in the back corner. That back corner will now be relegated to watermelon growing experimentation!
I will absolutely post photos of the process as we go along. Hopefully we can get the three beds completely built within the next couple of days. We seem to be so busy that if we put a project aside it lingers for months, and we can't afford to let this project linger. I have tomato and green pepper plants already sprouting in our kitchen and it's time to start planting spinach!
Do you garden? What is regularly in your garden year after year? This should be an interesting season for us. Neither S or I have ever really raised a full garden before, and I'm ordering heirloom seeds so we can start saving them every year. I have a feeling lots of learning is to be done between now and winter!