New Raised Gardens and a Big Thank You Yates!

Simone - Picnics and Paddocks is talking about growing Beans, Beetroot, Carrot, Pumpkin from Northland

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Garden in progress

Thank you Yates! My prize pack from Mini Challenge 1 arrived at the start of this week. Because we live in a rural area of Whangarei any courier parcels get sent to my mum’s house in town. I finally had it picked up yesterday and was so excited to receive a package filled with goodies. I keep everything in my garden as natural as possible so couldn’t have been happier when I saw that all the products were certified organic. I feel that Mini Challenge 1 was a lot about paying it forward, as well as getting to know other bloggers. I wouldn’t even have a prize if it wasn’t for other people putting my name forward. I decided it would be a nice thing to continue with the pay it forward thing and so am gifting my dad part of the prize pack. He’s also being an absolute gem and helping me to pick up a couple of trailer loads of garden mix tomorrow afternoon. I don’t have a tow bar on my car or my own trailer so this is really appreciated.

In the photo you’ll see two new garden beds. We’ve got these two to fill as well as the large garden extension running the full length of our house. Tomorrow we pick up the garden mix and on Saturday morning we’re collecting two trailer loads of compost. The compost is a fundraiser through our local school so it’s nice to support something like that, while also filling up the garden beds.

We don’t have a big budget for gardening, which is why I grow most of my plants from seed as well as use all recycled materials for our gardens. Because my husband is a builder we’ve always used left over bits and pieces, never buying anything new. I’ve had all our family collecting newspapers and old cardboard for us. These will be used to line the raised gardens, prior to adding layers of garden mix (top soil/compost mix), compost from the school fundraiser, sheep pellets and pea straw. My two goals are teach other people that anyone can garden, even on a budget and to inspire children to find a love for growing their own food.

Just over a year ago there were no gardens in my backyard at all and I was a complete beginner. By summer this year my backyard will be chocka with gardens filled with fresh vegetables, herbs and melons, pumpkins etc growing on that bank to the left. In the back of this photo is my little boy’s sandpit and blackboard. We’re putting in a small box garden to the left side of it. That will be his little garden space.

We’re also going to train a small pumpkin and maybe some peas up the side too. Our backyard has been a huge project for us, but I’m proud of how far we’ve come and can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. It will all be worth it in the end to be able to teach my little boy where our vegetables come from and the process of garden to table. He’s pulled all the radishes out of the garden now so I’ll be buying some more radish seeds and have also had a request for purple or green carrots. Luckily you can actually buy purple carrots haha.

Happy gardening everyone!