Sunday, May 2, 2010

Gardening Weekend

Kathy and I finally got around to starting our own little garden this weekend.  We don't have much of a back yard (at all) so we decided to build an above ground gardening box for our herbs and vegetables.  I found some scraps of wood for free on a corner that we used for a couple of the side walls and then shopped at the Rebuilding Center (a used building material shop) where we bought the remainder of wood for $2.  Kathy and I sawed and hammered the wood together to make the perfect 3.5' x 1.5' garden box.  We went to a garden down the street called Seven Dees and bought soil, herbs, vegetables, and flowers.  We filled our garden box today and can't wait for the plants to really start growing!  We are going to see how this garden box goes and hopefully build a few smaller ones soon.  Before we know it we'll only have to go to our back yard for dinner!

Kathy should be a carpenter on the side.  She went to town with that saw!
Sawing (left handed) at the Rebuilding Center.  Several men stopped by to see if we needed their help.  We demonstrated our sweet sawing skills and sent them on their way.

Our lovely gardening box full of fresh produce.  Now that's what I call organic!
From left to right: lettuce, arugula and spinach, marigolds to keep the bugs away, basil, chives, cilantro and rosemary.
I already used some of the cilantro tonight!

I'm also starting a compost pile.  I found a pile of free dirt in front of someone's house (Portland is full of piles of free stuff) and the owner said I could take as much as I want.  I'll mix the compost with the dirt to make gardening soil.


  1. You are so talented Mary! Grandmother is for sure smilin down on ya!

  2. I love it!!! I was going to say the same thing about Grandmother, but Brandon beat me to it.
    Looks like you're really getting good w/that left hand! Hope your right hand is getting stronger though.