Planting the Potager

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Oh my goodness.

I finally got to get my hands dirty in some Ohio soil.

The potager garden is now growing, and that first veggie or fruit that comes from it will be soooooo good. Now, it's not all planted, but I think it's a great start considering all these beautiful pots may not end up sprouting. It'll be OK if that's the case because the labeling and filling was the hard part. If they are as dry and dusty (and empty) as the soil we've left in AZ I just have to reseed and water them daily to restart. There are tons of extra seeds. It rained almost the whole week of planting, if that keeps up they'll be alright. My in-laws are also checking on the house and keeping up on the mowing for us every weekend, so with some guaranteed waterings there's hope.

The owl is not amused with my over-achieving pile of pots.

The owl is not amused with my over-achieving pile of pots.

I didn't get too fancy with the containers. New additions were added to the grow bag plan after a trip to the dollar store revealed some great hanging baskets and cute plastic pots. They weren't a dollar, but they seemed like an OK deal so a few (ah-hem, several) ended up in the cart. They'll add some color and excitement to the porch which will bring me much happiness. Along with the tin owl. I think he may need a friend, so another trip may be in order in June. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite places, you never know what you're going to find there and it's not a 30 minute drive! Winning!

Greens among the rose bushes.

I was lucky enough to spend seven days at the house. The 1st was wasted because I was super tired and ended up being rather useless (more on that in another post), the 2nd and 3rd days were for painting since it rained all day. Walls, unfortunately. I'd rather paint some canvas, but all the rooms need a color update, so a few of them got done (with a lot of my mother in law's help) this trip. Day 4 we had a reprieve from the rain and my in laws were there to help! My father in law mowed while my mother in law and I dug up some native soil to mix with the purchased soil and did some weeding. The garden beds are overrun with weeds, so nothing can go in them now. Sometime in June we are going to weed two of them and till. One will be planted with all strawberries, and the other with all the little squash variety starters we put in the little pots. Hoping to get some pumpkins (pie & big max varieties), acorn, yellow, and zucchini, along with some watermelons and tiger melons (fancy cantaloupe) in there. Day 5 we painted again for far too long, but got out there in the afternoon to finish getting dirt to mix with the soil. Days 6 I was on my own again, but managed to get all the seeds in the pots, some weeding in the flower beds done, and a cute little greens garden installed in the flag pole circle. Two varieties of kale, arugula, and spinach are now planted between the rose bushes in our front yard. It's the first attempt to make beautiful spaces also functional for vegetable gardening. There's some yarrow seeds, and bachelor's buttons now planted around the pole as well. Day 7 it rained all day again, so the painting was finished. During all this work I discovered my new favorite thing is mowing. Someone get me a hat that says "I'd rather be Mowing" stat with a zero-turn on it. So fun! I'm sure the fun will fade after about 8 hours on it, but for now let me enjoy it.

This was so much work. We mixed the native soil with potting soil 75/25 and now there is a crater out back!

This was so much work. We mixed the native soil with potting soil 75/25 and now there is a crater out back!

The hanging pots have nasturtiums in them

The hanging pots have nasturtiums in them

All of the pots didn't get used, but pretty close! There are four 10 gallon grow bags, the vertical garden, and a bunch of the starter pots left. The vertical garden wasn't utilized because it needed to be hung, and while I discovered I'm a lot more capable than I thought over the week, drilling holes in the siding felt like a Jared job (or at least should have his input). It was also way smaller than I pictured so a new place needs to chosen for it. The rest of the pots didn't get filled because I ran out of steam, and time. The last room was finished being painted the morning of my flight back to Phoenix. It was a long trip and much was accomplished.

I want to add a note about the grow bags. The root pouch brand were on the pricier side of all the choices on Amazon, but so far I'm happy with them. The handles are solid enough that they can be picked up and moved full of soil by one person, they drain well, and they look much nicer than anticipated. Thrilled with that small investment at the moment.

Much to my surprise the garden journal was faithfully filled out with each day of gardening! Yay! This means it will serve it's purpose to remind me of weather, pests, weeds, where seeds were planted and when, and the progress can be tracked! This is, of course, the whole purpose of a gardening journal. I've snapped photos of the pages and they'll be added to an album on Facebook so you can follow along, squint at my crazy handwriting, and express joy or dismay at the happenings!

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