In the Garden, Week 1


Happy Spring (almost Summer), and welcome to the first installment of In the Garden, a weekly play-by-play of what’s growing in my back yard and at my community plot. In the spirit of my October Craft a Day project posts, I’ll make these short and sweet. I’m always amazed when I come across photos of how barren the gardens look early in the season, so I thought it would be fun to watch things grow…kind of like watching hair grow in a picture a day project.

With the typical ups and downs in Minneapolis spring weather patterns (36 degrees on Tuesday evening…really??), my gardening projects have been an on-again off-again thing. But I have managed, with the help of my trusty gardening helper pictured here, to get a few things done this week at our community garden plot.

One GIANT accomplishment was clearing the weeds…you can see the results of our three hours of bending, prying, digging, and prying again here. We filled this giant wheel barrow and then came back to retrieve a few stragglers. Whew. The first weeding of the season is always a little grueling.

We also pulled up an old, tattered chicken wire fence that lined the north and west side of the plot. This scraggly thing had been bothering me for the past year, and I couldn’t wait to get rid of it. I think I will replace it with a length of vintage garden fence edging that’s been in the rafters of the garage for years. But that’s for next week’s post. My oldest trimmed along the edge and even insisted that we drag the reel mower out of the garden shed to mow. Nice!

I thinned the raspberries and even brought a few of the extra plants home to try to get some growing along the side of our garage. Here’s hoping they take.

Stay tuned for more garden updates. Until then, check out some of the fun projects in the Nitty Gritty Gardening Book!


Trimming along the garden’s edge…so nice not to work around the fencing.


Garden plot, weed free!

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