Because I don't have enough to do in my life, because I have all kinds of spare time, because I need one more project like I need a hole in the head – I decided that this year, we would have a garden.
When we first moved into this house, more than 10 years ago, my husband built a sandbox. It was 8 x 8. That's a really big sandbox. It was big enough that we could put a canopy over it, and the kids could all sit in it with their friends and still have plenty of room leftover.
My husband is, somewhat, shall we say, ambitious.
The sandbox served us well for many a year. Every so often, we would have a truck load of sand delivered to the driveway, and we'd spend a day or two hauling it back and dumping it. As the kids grew older, there was less playing in the sandbox time – especially for the older kids – and more "let me lay on my towel on the sand and pretend like I'm at the beach".
No one has been in that sandbox for more than a year.
One day last week, I decided that the sandbox could be put to better use. I spent the next day emptying the box of sand. It took all day, and by the end of that day, I could barely walk. I did have the help of my 13 and 15-year-old shorties, and together, we did all of it. At the same time, we scrubbed the outside siding on the back of the house with bleach, pulled out the summer chairs and scrubbed them, and set up the umbrella. In other words, we tried to get the backyard summer ready.
Virtually guaranteeing that the next several weeks will be cold and rainy, which so far, they have been. I WIN.
And then, yesterday, my husband and I went and bought dirt, and together with the help of my oldest boy, we filled it in. (Those two big planters go on either side of the fire pit.)
And now the fun begins. I was planning to go to the nursery today to
get the plants, but surprise! It's cold and rainy. So I guess that will
have to wait. Yesterday while I was buying dirt, though, I did buy a blackberry bush. That's not going in the garden – I just need to figure
out where to put it.
I think in the 8 x 8 garden we will plant tomatoes, eggplant, peppers,
and herbs. I wanted to plant peas, but I think it's too late in the
season for those. My kids want to grow carrots, but I'll need to look
into that. I've never done that before.