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Monday, January 10, 2011

I think his tiller’s sexy!

This is our backyard. Well half of it.

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When we bought our new pad we were really excited about the prospects of having a garden in the ground. Living on the beach didn’t reap us very good results when it came to gardening (even container gardening).

This could have been the problem.

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That’s sand. Sand is for making sand castles with, not growing veggies. Even though we tried adding fertilizer and all that jazz it still never did well for us.

So when we moved the first thing my hubby wanted to get is a tiller. A friend of his sold him an almost brand new one for half the price of one. My hubby got to tilling out a plot for our new garden, pronto.

“Hi, honey! You’re so HOT! ”  (Sorry! He distracts me!)

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Anyway, it’s approximately 900 square feet.

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This is what the soil looks like without us having done anything to it yet.

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My hubby said he almost cried when he started tilling and saw the nice dark soil.

We are very excited about our spring garden. I’ll keep you posted on it’s progress and what we end up planting.

Do you plant a garden and if so, what grows best for you?

HUGS!

22 comments:

  1. Nope, no garden. I have a brown thumb :(

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  2. How wonderful that you're going to have a big garden plot!!! Until we moved, we use to grow a LOT: tomatoes, peppers, corn, eggplant, summer & winter squashes, watermelon, cantelope, lettuce, radishes, etc. Whew! You might want to check with your county's agricultural extension office to get some suggestions on what grows best in your area.

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  3. Nice tiller...your hubby's not bad, either! ;-)

    I only plant tomatoes. I'm not much of a veggie gardener. I do love to work with flowers, though.

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  4. Looks awesome!! Can't wait to see it in full bloom :)

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  5. Would love to garden, but living where we do, it would be a fight against deer so much that it's just as cheap to go to the farmer's market for garden veggies.
    Hope it goes well for you!

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  6. Oh how fun for your guys!! My daddy was the gardener! He was amazing

    I can't wait to see what you do with your garden

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  7. We have the opposite problem...too much clay. Maybe you could mail me some sand and I could send you some clay and we would have the perfect garden:-)

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  8. Wow, Kim, I love your backyard! That tiller is like a cadillac of tillers and the driver seems to know how to handle it well! I'm sure you'll love your new home and what you grow in your spring garden! Exciting times ahead....

    Jamie

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  9. What beautiful dirt! My aunt Margaret lives in Florida as well, and her dirt is almost identical and has the most beautiful gardens! Happy planting!

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  10. I have a tiny yard and plant a tiny herb garden. Love it. We are dying to move to a house on some land so we can have a full fledged garden!! One day...

    Sure have missed coming by. Still dealing with the headaches with Drew. We have an appointment with a neurologist on the 25th so we will see. How is your daughter doing???

    Love and blessings

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  11. So excited for you my friend!! That soil looks great and what a nice big garden! We have a small yard, but we'll try to do a little garden this year. Can't wait to see all the progress in your fabulous weather.

    Big you-get-a-thrillin'-when-your-man's-a-tillin' size hugs to you! LOLOL Hey - it's getting late so you'll have to put up with me! :) Have a super day! Love ya!

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  12. I haven't gardened successfully for awhile, moving to a new climate has really challenged me. But, the best gardening book I ever used was called The Joy of Gardening. Great tips and it had a lot of pictures.

    I would also encourage you to look up an article about companion plants, which things do well planted side by side and what plants can't be planted together.

    I loved planting spinach, you pinch off the leaves and just keep eating off the plants. I loved cucumbers and dill to make my own pickles. So easy.

    Am a little wistful over your plot...I do miss gardening. Enjoy!

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  13. Can't wait to come over and eat your food!
    You know I have a garden...it's empty right now, lol. You also know my favorites to grow...cruciferousness and beans! :)

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  14. Can't wait to see the pictures of yall's garden and all that it produces,love it.

    Jo
    LazyonLoblolly

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  15. Something about a man and his gas powered tools. LOL.
    I'm always a little hot under the collar when I see my man and his tiller too.. LOL!!
    Can't wait till we get settled somewhere again and get to get our tiller going!!
    Have fun planning out that garden!!

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  16. Finally catching up on blog reading! Loved the Friday Funny! That is exactly why I don't exercise :) Now on to the tiller and the soil. Both are just lovely and I can't wait to hear what your garden produces. We have never done one but we are considering one this year. However, since we're in Minnesota, we have a few months to ponder this. I think it would be great for the kids to get involved, however, I can't help but feeling that I would be doing most of the planting, weeding and harvesting. Keep me posted and feel free to send gardening tips this direction.
    Hope your new year is off to a great start!
    Peace and blessings to your day!
    Jeanine

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  17. Hello!
    We have two large beds that we have built up with our own composted soil now, but we used to grow directly in the ground years ago.
    The first thing I suggest is to get your soil tested at your local county extension office. It's a pretty low cost test and they will tell you what you need to add to the soil based on what you plan to plant. (So you'll want to have some idea of what you're going to try to grow before you take in your soil)
    We've had great success with tomatoes (pretty much a standard in the garden), cucumbers, broccoli(though only in the cooler months in Florida), beets, cantaloupe, onions, spinach, zucchini, summer squash (yellow crookneck), sugar snap peas, bibb lettuce, and brussel sprouts (again, in the cooler months). Our neighbors have even grown corn in their backyard with some success. They also grow carrots---we tried one year but they only get to be about baby carrot size--if you don't mind that, then you could give them a try---personally, I'd rather just get the 5lb. bag of organic baby carrots from Sam's Club and use my garden for other things. :-)
    The one big advantage that Florida has is a long growing season---but we've never had any success with anything surviving during July and August--it's just too hot. ;-)
    I wish you great success--gardening is such a wonderful way to spend time as a family--it can be a good form of relaxation too. My dh works a high-stress job and when he comes home at night, he heads straight out to the garden--it's quite therapeutic! :-)
    I can't wait to see how you do!

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  18. Your new plot looks great!! My garden is hiding under 6 inches of snow right now, so I'm a might bit jealous of your being able to play in the dirt.

    We plant (with varying success, mind you) tom's, cuc's, peppers, squash, and lately, peas. We love the fresh salad things. :) Can't wait to see your progress.

    P.S. I now have that country song in my head, thank you very much! Lol!

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  19. And a beautiful yard/garden it is! I can almost smell the dirt and salt air! We keep trying to garden....at first you don't succeed..... (My husband at his tiller is sexy too..:)

    Blessings! Linda J.

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  20. Hi. I am a new follower, glad to have found your page. You're hilarious :)
    ooh, and good luck with your garden!

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  21. We live near the beach, so I'm pretty sure we'd have the same problem... plus we don't have a backyard, so that doesn't help either. :)

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  22. My husband used to do a garden at our old home but he hasn't gotten around to tilling one up here yet. We have been here 2 1/2 years now. I am not sure if it will ever happen. LOL Loved seeing the green grass in your pics though. I am so ready for spring!! :)

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