It's finally June! And we finally finished our deck operation this weekend. I had a little help (actually a lot of help) from Auntie Sha! I loved having her here to visit us for the weekend, and I wasn't the only one...
Reese adores her Aunt Shana and it was so cute to see firsthand. The last time they were together was over Christmas, and Reese has obviously grown so much since then. She wanted to be with Shana 100% of the time she was here. And she even learned to say her name - by the end of the weekend she was running around the house yelling "SHA!" just like I do, ha! It was really sad though when Reese woke up on Monday morning after she had left. The first thing Reese asked me when she woke up - "Sha?"- and I had to explain that Auntie Sha had already went bye bye and she wasn't here. Heartbreaker!
Anyway we had a blast and I finally had the help I needed to get the container garden done. I found two galvanized metal containers at Home Depot for $20 each. Nick helped drill holes on the bottom so the water can drain. We used a 1/4 inch drill bit, and spaced them out evenly:
I decided to do one container full of herbs, and another for veggies. I tried to find all organic plants and found this new (to me) organic soil by Miracle Grow, made specifically for raised bed gardens. Instead of having to buy soil and a separate thing of compost to mix in, this seems like it has it all-in-one:
And yep, it definitely has a lot of organic matter in it...Nick thinks it smells disgusting, but I hope that manure-smelling soil translates into amazing veggies and herbs!
I really had to get in there and break up the soil before we planted. You can tell this was a workout for me. And this picture probably explains why I accidentally got sunburnt on my shoulders and back, oops. I think Saturday was this first time I had seen the sun since Mexico. Yep, definitely broke out the sunscreen after this!
Here are the babies in their new home...I have sweet red peppers, yellow cherry tomatoes, red-heirloom tomatoes, and a yellow pepper plant. In the herb container I planted basil, rosemary, cilantro, Italian parsley, and mint. And newly added today were green curly kale and cucumbers. I might even have a little space left for one or two more plants.
And here is the finished product in the corner of our deck! They will get plenty of morning/early afternoon sun out there. I just have to remember to water them a ton. And thankfully I have a little helper for that:
Reese is obsessed with watering the plants, so I doubt she will let me forget. Over all, the container gardens are a fun little project that I hope will bring us some homegrown goodness this summer! I am not a green thumb by any means, but I hope this inspires someone - literally if I can do this, anyone can. I will report back once the plants start producing the goods!