Last week, Kara told me she had been thinking it would be fun for us to plant a garden. Now, if you have ever been to visit us, you know that our house is not the ideal location for a garden. The steep slopes, rocks, and clay soil are not necessarily conducive to easy planting or high yields. But, the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would be a fun project. (She had also mentioned previously that she wanted chickens, so I thought this was a good compromise to scratch our farm itch. Plus our friends recently bought some chickens, so we can live vicariously through them for now.)
The first issue we needed to resolve was location. There is not an ideal spot, but we found our best spot on the east side of the house with plenty of sunlight and limited slope. I wanted the garden to be level and Kara had been researching about raised beds, so our solution was an in-ground-raised bed.
And so the digging began. First, we scalped all of the grass off the top. Then, we began to dig into north side to level out our bed. Next, we assembled our raised beds, which we bought from Lowe's. After getting an idea of what that would look like, I saw we still had a slope issue and continued levelling until we were satisfied and staked the perimeter into the ground.
Now, we have a 4'x8' hole with sides. We are waiting for the rain to come and settle some of the dirt along the sides. Then, we will fill with soil and plant. We are both looking forward to it!