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Small Space and Urban Gardening: Beginning

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.

This is the front yard...
This is the front yard…
They're about twice that size now. I just haven't had time to make my "this is how it all got started" post.
They’re about twice that size now. I just haven’t had time to make my “this is how it all got started” post.
I transplanted the existing florals to this bed, and planted a vining rose.
I transplanted the existing florals to this bed, and planted a vining rose.
This is Aidan's hot pepper plant- and it now has several little peppers going like gangbusters on it.
This is Aidan’s hot pepper plant- and it now has several little peppers going like gangbusters on it.
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One of the first things I noticed, was when it rained heavily- that backyard became a marsh. So, I thought I’d do some lasagne/hugelkultur mounds alongside the fences, and make some drainage, which would then feed the melon/high water plants. (More on that hybrid method later. I have taken some notes, and well, as I’m just testing some thoughts- that “more” might be: This was a horrible idea! But so far, so good, actually.)
It promptly stopped raining and got very dry. Which scared the crap out of me. So, I turned on the hose, stuck it in the ditch.  Then I nursed the baby, came back out, and cried. Fortunately, no melon seedlings died during the making of this mess.
It promptly stopped raining and got very dry. Which scared the crap out of me. So, I turned on the hose, stuck it in the ditch.
Then I nursed the baby, came back out, and cried. Fortunately, no melon seedlings died during the making of this mess.
There were however, some happy robins eating my worms and playing in it.
I know this probably looks ridiculous but I found this rock- and those holes go all through it. I couldn't help...just...seeing.  When you see the updated photo, you'll crack up. That's a small breed cucumber and it loves its weird planter.
I know this probably looks ridiculous but I found this rock- and those holes go all through it. I couldn’t help…just…seeing.
When you see the updated photo, you’ll crack up. That’s a small breed cucumber and it loves its weird planter.
I'm not sure what possessed me to do this in the first place, but I thought if I could get some cherry toms lined up along that edge there, it would make use of a very small space. And actually, it did- they're also doing really well.
I’m not sure what possessed me to do this in the first place, but I thought if I could get some cherry toms lined up along that edge there, it would make use of a very small space. And actually, it did- they’re also doing really well. That’s my compost pit there, and some 3 Sisters Method beans, squash and corn.
I try VERY hard to look at my neighbor's yarden for inspiration, rather than, "SIGH, I SUCK." So far, so good.
I try VERY hard to look at my neighbor’s yarden for inspiration, rather than, “SIGH, I SUCK.” So far, so good.
Her set up is seriously amazing, though I am not sure how she's contending with soil nutrient depletion. A large part of what I am doing, I am doing to better be able to rotate in the coming years. Like any other silly thing I do, "But I can explain!" applies.
Her set up is seriously amazing, though I am not sure how she’s contending with soil nutrient depletion. A large part of what I am doing, I am doing to better be able to rotate in the coming years. Like any other silly thing I do, “But I can explain!” applies.

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.

 

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