Just a photo post. These are my fumbling first steps with building a back and front yard garden- on very, very limited funds. Yeeeeah, we needed to mow the yard in a big way in these shots.
The large pines seemed problematic, but I figured that maybe acidic soil loving plants would do best there.
So far, the tomatoes seem to agree with me. I’m probably wrong and in this case, you’re more than welcome to tell me so. >_<
I googled a lot and couldn’t find anything apart from information on how people wanted to plant pines, not plant around them.
Since these were taken, we’ve also erected a very small greenhouse- which, came to us without a couple of parts. Still, it’s keeping the dogs from trampling some seedlings (Amongst other things they do. Bleargh.) and is very helpful. So far, things have been very frustrating because a lot of the beta designs I had sort of rigged up got lost in the move and we’re really running on a shoestring budget in all of this. I’m never really sure how to explain to people who think that all my answers to issues I have are to throw money at them- that’s true, but, when the budget’s like, “NOPE!” you have to make do. Currently, my watering can is a repurposed ice-melt product bucket I found with a slatted lid. That small greenhouse was certainly a case of “You get what you pay for” and more loosely resembles a kids’ playtent- BUT, we have made do, and more than that, it has given Kurt some awesome ideas.One of our biggest issues has been time. Between homeschooling, an MS flare making my legs scream and zapping my energy, toddler chasing, getting Aidan used to actually having other kids to interact with (Which didn’t take much, let me tell you!), retraining a couple of dogs, Moo Dog going missing, full time work, and trying to get everything moved and squared away- it’s been kinda rough.
Still, I can’t help feeling a little excited and happy to just being able to get started, and get things growing. I have cried a lot in the past few weeks- but then I work through the frustration and delays, feeling pretty good about things. Definitely worth it.
For me, this has been a huge learning experience, but also, it has meant, instead of being upset, instead of being frustrated and just sort of treading water, griping about not liking “the way things are”: changing them, and doing better. I finally feel like we’re taking steps towards that, even if …oh, about 80% of that didn’t happen the way I thought it would. Sometimes, you just have to roll with it, but roll in the direction you want to go instead of right back smack in the shitheap.