To answer your question: Yes, we have a tree growing through our deck. Two actually. That is why we made the decision to tear it off. It was a safety hazard. Instead of building a new deck we plan to make access steps for our front door and a garden. There, I said it. I have committed to a garden. Mostly…. I’m pretty sure…. I’m a little nervous!

I do not have a green thumb. The only thing I have ever been able to grow successfully was a spider plant when I was in 5th grade. It lasted several years and even went on to have a couple babies! Then my cat ate it. I haven’t grown anything since.

I also am deathly afraid of worms. I have just recently come out of the closet with this fear. I am one of those people that runs screaming like a little girl if I see one. Yes, I truly am a farm girl. Born and raised on a farm (except the couple of years that my parents moved into town when I was like two). I did chores every day growing up and spent a fair amount of time outside. During that time I learned a couple things: don’t ever look into or walk through puddles, make sure to look up and walk quickly after it rains, and never dig in the dirt.

A friend (who is an amazing gardener!) put me onto a different method of gardening than your traditional row-by-row kind. It’s called Square Foot Gardening. The short of it is that you have a 4′ x 4′ garden box and fill it with some specific soil ingredients. Then you put a “grid” on top to divide it into square feet. So there are no weeds (except those blown into the garden) and no worms! As soon as she said there were no worms, I was hooked. So, being me, I researched the pants off of it and decided that this style of gardening is sometthing I could really get into.

My goals this year are quite small. I want to plant tomatoes, carrots, potatoes (those will be in a barrel) and strawberries. Caleb has also told me that flowers are a necessity in our garden so we may figure out a way to add some of those to the “to plant” list.

Garden to do list:

  • Tear off deck (and remove debris)
  • Buy wood for 2 boxes
  • Buy barrel for potatoes (drill holes in it)
  • Buy soil mixture
  • Figure out how to plant and when
  • Buy seeds, or starter plants
  • Plant away!

If you have any tips on how to grow any of the aforementioned foods, I would love to hear them! Any specific variety of them? What time of year is best to plant them in Central Alberta? Any favorite places to get the seeds or starters?

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