Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Weekend Project

For about a month now, I have been trying to convert to a naturalistic diet. One that consists of organic meats and raw, organic veggies. You wouldn't believe that would be hard to find in a world where our resources are endless... but it is. This transition has not been an easy one. From time to time, after purchasing produce, I have found myself wondering, "Where did this come from really?"
Last week I visited the Queen Creek Olive Mill (My new favorite place). As I walked toward the entrance, I noticed a gorgeous, but quaint, little garden on my left. I couldn't take my eyes off of it! Inspiration hit me. I was finally going to start my garden (and I knew my husband would help... and so did he)! Well, here is my weekend project; the garden. After weeding, tilling, placing pavers and adding compost, I planted the following "crops": mint, basil, dill, strawberries, yellow and red peppers, romain lettuce and onions. Tomorrow I will plant leeks, green peppers and cucumbers. This is our first garden and have already learned something new. The ground should really be leveled prior to building your rows to plant. I now have to go in and level out the trenches so that each row gets even watering. Something I discovered after I had watered and noticed that the water was pooling in some areas causing my rows to collapse a little bit. And since there is now too much water, I will have to wait until things dry up a bit. That's ok. Lesson learned. I still have a TON of garden to work on.
But I am so proud of my husband and myself. We worked so hard this weekend. I am going to be spending the next couple of weeks learning how to tend to an organic garden as well as tilling the second half of the garden to eradicate any weeds that are still present. It was a lot of work, but surprisingly fun and I'm really looking forward to getting my own healthy produce whenever I need it or want it. The second half of the garden is reserved for seeds that I'm going to plant. So far I have radishes, zucchini, squash, corn and watermelon. I am hoping this garden is even more beautiful than the one at the Olive Mill! I can only hope!

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