Let’s Plant a Garden!

This is finally my year to plant and harvest a full garden.

Last year was, well, let’s call it a bit of a learning curve. You can read about some of the misadventures and misfits here. I did manage to prove that anyone can grow food though. :snicker:

Today, we planted our first full garden box. I feel such a sense of accomplishment!

Starting with the Base

We started with moving rich dirt and garden-loving earthworms from the compost pile into a raised garden bed.

Katie brought some fancy to the party with her pink flowered shovel.

Let's Plant a Garden!

Prep Work

After gathering the seed packets, I measured out 12 x 12 inch squares in the dirt. I used a level to quickly measure and mark the lines.

It was so efficient that it’s my new favorite bed prep tool.

We’re following the square foot gardening method to minimize weeds and maximize food production.

Let's Plant a Garden!

Garden Plan

Here’s the garden plan from last year that is finally getting put to use (read the specifics here).

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Yesterday, we planted the bed on the left and then finished up with a bit of spontaneous art work.

Let's Plant a Garden!

Just 2 more beds to compost and plant, a protective fence to discourage the new bunny neighbor, and some wood chips to clean up the area. I can do this, right?

Do you grow your own food? Are you an amateur like me or an accomplished gardener?

Please share your gardening links in the comments if you think they can help us newbies!



Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

7 thoughts on “Let’s Plant a Garden!”

  • It’s interesting that we are at the end of our first harvest as you guys are getting started. The heat will have killed everything here while you guys are enjoying an abundance. I didn’t have much to do with any gardening this year because I haven’t been doing too well, but I think my husband and dad did a great job for their first time. And I know they have learned a thing or two along the way. I can’t wait until I’m well enough to be out there digging in the dirt with them! Have fun!

    • We are definitely not in heat wave weather yet this far north. I’m so glad your hubby got into the spirit of gardening for you this year! I hope you’ll be able to find some answers soon and join them too. Best wishes and positive thoughts mama!

  • We rent a townhouse so we’re limited to what we can fit in containers and two small pallet gardens on our patio. I’ve got a lot going but some of it’s harvest-ability (I think I just made up a word) is questionable. Like my spinach for example…it sprouted but then died off. Just dropped some more seeds so hopefully they’ll take! Good luck at gardening! I know I’m trying really hard…hoping my first year isn’t a flop!

    • It sounds like you’re doing great with the space you have! Way to be motivated. 🙂 If you need some motivation, you can read through my fiascoes from last year. I still can’t believe that I managed to grow anything.

  • Oooh, I love how you organized your garden beds! Can’t wait to see everything grow this summer. I asked Sarah who was in the picture coloring the sandbox. She said, “ummmm, me?” Haha! Then I showed her your picture and she knew it was “little Katie”. Cute!

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