I hear this from my husband every year. Why don’t I just plant rows? I have plenty valid reasons why, but I guess I just like to be difficult. Every year we grow a garden. Oh how I love it. I love spending time, headphones on, retreating into my wilderness. And yes, when we first started growing a garden, I planted rows. There’s nothing wrong with that! Rows are functional, simple and they work! The only problem is…. I just don’t want them. I know, what a rough life.
I found some really amazing inspiration photos on Pinterest. Never heard of it? Hmmm, well you better check it out. Here are a few on the pics that have inspired me.
But, this part never changes, I draw a completely different arrangement every.Year. I know, I know, there are only so many ways to arrange your garden. I promise, I have found them all.
Every year, I feel I learn a little more, and gain a little more experience. Maybe by the time I am 80 years old I will have perfected the garden. For now, it is trial and error.
Two years ago I grew tired of trudging through the mud during monsoon season. Oh how I loves me some rain. Mud? Not so much. So I convinced my husband to tear about 649 pallets apart. Give or take. I created pallet walkways, which worked wonderful. I could move them whenever, even pull them up to weed underneath. Speaking of weeding, I am now taking applications for anyone willing to weed my garden, that’s the part I just don’t love.
The pallets worked great, but last year I decided I wanted something permanent. So off we went, up to our farm to find all the slab rocks that are brought out of the hay fields. So aside from the bloody, smashed fingers and toes, they were free. Score for me.
I now have a permanent walkway though out our garden. I still use my pallet walkways in different areas. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to be able to sneak out there in the middle of a rain storm and grab an onion or some lettuce and make it out without being swallowed by the swamp monster.
So, when my husband teasingly asks me, “why dont you just plant rows?” I reply, “well, now that’s just silly” I know he thinks I’m a little overzealous, and maybe a bit cray cray. But, when I can create an interesting design with something as simple as beets, lettuce, and carrots(my favorite trio) my heart does a little pitter pat. It cost no more , only a little extra effort, which I am game for, and the reward is oh so sweet.
Have a great Tuesday!
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