In my post Lets Talk About The Weather, I mentioned that my mom is giving me a little 4 x 8 sized piece of her yard so that I can put in a raised vegetable garden! It’s not much, but it’s something, and I’m extremely grateful! It needs to be a raised bed because my parents have treated their yard with TruGreen ChemLawn for so many years that I would never eat anything grown in that soil. They’ve always had a lovely lawn, but I cringe at the thought of consuming all of those chemicals that have built up over the years ~ I’m an organic girl. 🙂 Having a raised bed will also be easier for me with my bad knees.
Anyway, I thought I would start a little series of posts documenting and sharing the progress of it as it goes along.
Prior to the past couple of years, I always had gardens of my own. Gardening was a major part of my lifestyle for nearly 20 years. Along with my ex husband, I grew much of my own food, and canned, froze, and dehydrated some of it for later use. There is something just so unbelievably rewarding about growing your own food. I also had lovely perennial flower beds that I painstakingly tended and added to each year. But since moving into an apartment (that I rent), I have had no place to play in the dirt so I am in great need of a gardening fix.
Today my sis and I went to Menards and bought some lumber. She’s quite the handyman. Um… I mean… handywoman. Seriously there is nothing this woman can’t do! She’s a walking talking wealth of knowledge and information on all sorts of random subjects. You should see how many various books she’s reading at the moment ~ on everything from making your own cheese, to building an outdoor brick oven. She and her husband built their cabin themselves ~ like with their own two hands! Last year they tapped their maple trees and made their own maple syrup, and even took a bee keeping class to learn how to get honey. If the end of the world or a zombie apocalypse ever happens I’m sticking with her! 😉
We snapped these photos of each other as we were leaving the lumber yard. We had it stacked so high between the seats of my SUV that I could barely see over it! I ended up choosing cedar to build the bed with. It’s more expensive, but it will last forever. And it was on sale! It smells amazing!
I was laughing because some guys in the car next to us were shouting stuff out their window at us. I’m not sure what though. And yes… I squint when I laugh. My mom always tells me not to laugh while I’m driving because my eyes close. But I almost always laugh when I’m with my sis! ♥
She looks slightly creeper-ish here peering over the boards at me, but in reality she was actually protecting me against a possible avalanche of lumber. And I know she’d protect me from the zombies too. 😉 My sis… she’s always got my back. Or in this case… my face. 😉