THIS JUST IN: There are no plants in my bathtub.
They’re all in the ground!
We are leaving this afternoon to spend the weekend in a yurt, so we were under the gun to get everything planted. Each evening, John has been in the garage or on the hill, working to finish up the screen protection for the garden boxes.
Last night, the last screen went on. Aside from a dark stain on the wood, the garden structures were complete!
This morning, I sipped my coffee in the sunshine and finally planted our beautiful garden. Not a bad way to start the day.
There are two long planter boxes, each with 6 screen doors that hinge from the top. We have an irrigation faucet right next to the garden, which is on a timer with the rest of the sprinkler zones. When harvest time comes, we can access the plants from either side. We think we may need a hook or latch of some kind on the bottom of the screens, to keep out the more clever of the critters who might be interested in munching our plants. In winter, we’ll remove the tops to store and just leave the planter boxes.
The wider box includes: cucumber, zucchini, different kinds of romaine lettuce, thyme, dill, chives, cilantro, and basil.
The taller box includes: four different kinds of tomatoes, and hot peppers: two Serranos, a jalapeno, a cayenne, and a Thai chili.
(We still have Italian parsley, a green bell pepper, and four more Serrano chilis to plant in big planters on our front porch.) We bought all of the plants from our local nursery, organic whenever possible.
We have no idea if we’ll be successful, gardening at 6500 feet in Park City with a super short growing season. It’s our year to learn! Even if we only get a couple of salads out of the garden, the process has been fun– hard work, but rewarding.
Here’s how it went down, dollar-wise!
- Lumber, screws, hinges, and chicken wire: $617.23
- Veggies and herbs: $61.94
- Soaker hoses, clamps, and stakes: $50.40
- Compost and soil: $258.43
Now, we just have to be patient until it’s time to eat from our own garden. I can’t wait to share our first harvest with you!