Planting Our Fall Garden

Although we close on our house in 2 weeks, we have been enjoying living here since Labor Day weekend. Now that we are in our house and actually have a backyard, we wanted to have a fall garden. We didn’t get to plan ahead because of the move so I started off very small. I’m using this time as a learning experience so if my efforts don’t yield much this time around then I am ok with it.

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First step was to buy some transplants at the farmers market. I picked out 2 types of cabbage (hoping to make some good sauerkraut later!), romaine lettuce and beets (for beet kvass). I wanted some kale too but I didn’t like the selection so I passed on it.

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Once I was back at home I finished weeding and pulled out all the plants that are no longer producing. Here is what the garden looked like before I started working in it.

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While I was laboring in the soil, my husband was enjoying a beer while watching football in his new favorite room.

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Lola was enjoying the nice crisp air in her favorite spot. The weather really was beautiful and made working in the garden enjoyable.

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Back to the garden…the soil was loosened and ready for planting.

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Here is my cabbage.

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My romaine lettuce.

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My beets.

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About an hour later I spotted this little gal inching closer to the garden.

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Soon a few of her buddies were making their way over too.

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Here is John all perched up on the railing like a fellow chicken. The ladies left the garden area for a little bit, but eventually they did climb up into the garden and started scratching and pecking around so I had to chase them away.

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The beginning of our first garden!

One of the things that John and I are really looking forward to once we buy a house is to have our own garden so that we will be able to grow some of our own food. We both grew up with our parents gardening so that is something we would like to do as well.

Unfortunately, we live in a condo so we have zero yard to work with at the moment. We considered a balcony garden but that’s a no-go as ours gets very minimal sunlight. I thought I’d just have to settle for a few potted herbs on the windowsill until we become homeowners, but then we thought, why not ask if our parents will allow us to use their yard for our own garden for the time being? John’s parents were happy to lend us some space as last year was the first time they didn’t garden at all and they missed it. John’s dad said he will be happy if we just give him one fresh picked tomato 🙂

Emily, my future sister-in-law (her wedding is in 1 month!!), let me borrow her Square Foot Gardening book by Mel Bartholomew. She said she used this method years ago and it was a success. I read the book and looked up some resources online to become more familiar with it. The method seems easy enough and if you do a Google image search for Square Foot Gardening, you’ll see lots of beautiful examples.

John put together our 2 garden beds last Sunday. It was a very cold day, but he got it done. Our first stop was to Lowes to buy wood and nails. We wanted 2 beds so we purchased 8 pieces of 8 foot long wood boards. Lowes cut them in half for us so that we have the perfect measurements for two 4’x4′ gardens.


This patch of grass right off the driveway is the most suitable plot as the rest of the backyard is a bit hilly. We still need to remove that black rubber border and  the flowers behind it. John will take care of that this weekend while I’m at my bridal shower.


Here is John putting together our 2 beds. It was really cold out that day, but we are glad that it’s finished now.

Here are our beds! They will be pushed back more once John removes that black rubber border. Next we need to purchase soil and get that going.


We still need to sit down and discuss what we plan on planting but John’s mom already bought 3 plants. It’s a bit hard to tell in the above photo, but it’s a tomato plant, a jalapeno plant and a banana pepper plant (Can’t wait to have homemade pickled banana peppers!).

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