At the top of our “must have” list in selecting our house was a sunny yard with ample space to grow food for ourselves. I’ve been an avid gardener my whole life, and nothing would make Amanda happier than if we woke up tomorrow in a world where there was no other food than veggies and fruit. Seriously, the woman loves eating plants. So the lot was almost as important to us as the house, and we’re happy with what we found. It’s a decent lot for the city of Madison–certainly not huge, but there’s enough space to grow healthy crops of some of our favorites.
When we were house shopping in the early spring, I assumed that we wouldn’t be moved in before planting season, which in Wisconsin is generally accepted as June 5th. So when we were able to get the house so early, we decided just to do something small since we have so much else to do and I hadn’t started anything from seed yet.
After watching the movement of the sun over several days, I measured out an 8 foot by 14 foot plot that would get above the 6 hours of continuous sun that most plants need. I then took my shovel and carefully began to scrape the soil just below the roots of the grass so I could transplant the grass to other parts of the yard such as around our peony bush, which for some reason had no grass around it.
Willa did her part by sniffing every stretch of dirt I exposed. Such a helpful girl!
Once I had my space cleared, I dug about 8 inches down around the edge and drove stakes into the perimeter, which would be the anchors to my chicken wire fence.
I stapled and wired the fence in place, and then covered the bottom with soil.
Finally, just to make an extra challenge for rabbits and chipmunks, I lined the edges with brick.
I’ll get an exciting veggie post up soon!
Posted by Lanny