"Fun, dirty and gratifying"
How I did it:
- Researched soil enrichment and plants on the internet; watched the sun pattern for a few days to determine where sunlight hits the plot and for how many hours
- Created a budget for the project
- Bought soil enrichment materials
- Hired someone to till the soil enrichment materials into the plot
- Created a layout for the planting, after researching what plants should and should not be planted next to each other and what plant supports are required for each
- Bought plants, tomato cages and a trellis for the cucumbers
- Put them in the ground, cooing encouragement to them all the way
- Set tomato cages and trellis in place
- Water extensively (a sprinkler is a godsend)
- Put a 3" layer of mulch down one week after planting
- Continue watering frequently, enough to provide 1 - 3" of water per week (depending on your climate)
- Talk to your plants regularly during weeding sessions and daily check-in's
- Harvest vegetables as they mature....Yay!
Lessons & tips:
- Listening to your favorite music makes every task more enjoyable
- Plant summer squash with a lot of space between it and other plants....it spreads, and the leaves will cover everything else around it.
- Take photographs of every stage, so you can track the garden's progress (and show off your handiwork to the world!)
- Buy the largest tomato cages you can find and be prepared to make tee-pee supports out of 6' (or taller) wood garden stakes--set them in place around each plant to form a 3-sided tee-pee shape, lash them together tightly at the top, pound them into the ground with a rubber mallet and then secure the vines to it as needed using strips of nylon hose or old socks.
It took me 3 weeks.
It made me Satisfied