Planting my tiny garden!

It's been a long time coming! I finally have a good start to my herb garden. It's right outside my back door.

My dream is to be creating some beautiful recipes and cooking away when I decide to drift outside my door and snip some beautiful herbs to add fragrance and flavor to my cooking.

Sigh... That's my dream. In reality I'll probably forget until after we're finished eating and say "Oh! I should've put some fresh sage on that!"

But that's just me...

Digging in the dirt

lI'll tell you a little about what I did. This is going to be a simple post but I wanted to let you know what I've been up to.

As I've mentioned before we have soil that has a lot of clay in it. It clumps up terribly and can be very heavy. You can see that in the picture. But I wanted to show you this hoe. It's just one I found here on the place, but as you can see it's shaped like a triangle which gives it a great point to dig deep. Also, when you turn it over like in the picture, it really is great for declumping! ( I just made that up) All I did was hit it down on the clumps and they broke apart. Then I used the side of it to smooth the soil.

This is important because what you may not know is that these clumps are really hard. My old Mimi hands can't crush them anymore. Ha!

hoe in garden soil

I can't tell you how much fun it is to have this little piece of garden all to myself. My husband is a great gardener, don't get me wrong, but sometimes I just want to be creative all on my own. Thankfully he understands.


Add the seeds!

Aren't these the craziest looking seeds? Calendula are what they're called but I thought they were definitely worth a picture!

Put in whatever you like. Check the seed packets. They will tell you what time of year to plant them in your area. Some actually should be planted indoors about six weeks before your last frost. Here's some more information on using your plating zones to your advantage.

Calendula seeds in palm of hand

Add the water

Watering with a nice gentle sprinkle works best. I love it when we plant seeds and the rain comes in a beautiful gentle shower. I can just see my little seeds settling in for nice drink!

It did rain after I planted my seeds. It was actually a storm. But I checked on them and everything seemed to be fine. I was worried the rain had washed the seeds away. I didn't see any signs of washed away soil so hopefully everything is good.

So here's a picture of my little herb garden. It's a little messy around the edges. I'll work on that and the grass will fill in before we know it! In fact, if I'm not careful, the grass will take over my garden!! It's crazy.

new garden with soil and small black iron fence and grass around the outside

So I'll let you know how my herbs do. I'm really hoping they do well!

I'm so excited!!