So today I had WAY too much energy. Noah and I took a two mile walk at 6:30am...and we averaged 18:58 a mile. My BEST in over 2 years! My goal by the end of summer is to be a 15 minute mile (I do not like to run).
Afterwards we ran (ok we drove...again I do NOT run) to Menards to pick up some wood and supplies to make a moving garden table. Then over to Festival Foods to get some yummy healthy foods! I've started with Herbalife and really had a great start. I can't wait to see my results each and every week!
Anyway, I became a "Mean Mom" and made my kids help me make a garden. Now, every year I try to make a garden...and every year it fails. Usually because I lose interest, so I'm hoping that this year is the year!
Because my backyard has two large trees and not a lot of sun, it was hard to find a spot that would work for growing anything. So we decided to build a raised garden on wheels so I can move the garden around. Then after building the raised garden bed, I had to run BACK to Menards to get some more soil, I found out that they had their plastic gutters on sale for $3 for 10'. And the BEST part...there was a $3 rebate for EACH one. So in the end they were FREE!!! Perfect, I have a TON of ideas for gutters, especially with the gardens! So I brought those home too and changed up my planning arraignment.
Starting with just the materials:
The moving bed only took about an hour or two and I made the boys help. Turned out pretty good! However I am not completely finished. I realized that the legs were kinda wobbly, and since I bought some extra boards (just in case), I am going to add a shelf under the table to help stabilize the wheels (tomorrow).
Then because I bought the gutters, I decided to try to make some gutter gardens. I am very excited about this, because when it gets cooler out I can bring them inside and hang them from inside curtain rods and have fresh veggies. I have seen pictures of them online and figured it looked easy enough. I had some trial and error with them, but after I redid them about 6 times I fell in love with the way they looked!
I chose not to buy the end pieces of the gutters, and just used clear duct tape to close the ends up. I tried using one rope on each side (drilled a hole through each side for the rope), but realized it wasn't stable enough, so I had to take everything apart and re-drill to make it two holes. MUCH BETTER! I had Easton drill a bunch of holes in the bottom of each one to help with the drainage. PERFECT! So far I am just growing different kinds of lettuce. I might change it up and add strawberries and an herb garden on the top parts come winter time.
And the final results....
I have the rest of the lettuce, kale, dill, rosemary, peppers, and a few Stevia plants
I have cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, and corn also, but I will plant them on the ground near my fence, because they need a LOT of room to grow and they will be too heavy. So tomorrow I will get those ones going too. Until then...off to bed and sweet dreams of dirt and digging...for the first time ever....