Friday, July 30, 2010

Garden: Before and After

Every time I go outside to work in the garden, I get so amazed at how much we've accomplished in just 5 short months! Here is the space we picked out for the garden back in November. We chose this spot because we knew we wanted a 25 x 25 ft lot for the garden. The best place to put it was behind our garage, because of the size we wanted and for it's proximity to the house. We are lucky to have a big yard in Staten Island. It's not too common to have such a big space. Look to the left of our garage, see all those Condos? They all have tiny backyards! That is typical of the area. What sold us on this house was the big, big yard. We almost didn't care what the house looked like, we saw the yard and was like "We'll take it!" We lived years in Brooklyn and never had a yard, so this was a dream come true.

In March, when the ground started to thaw out, we started working on removing the sod, and digging the holes for the 4x4 posts. Removing all the sod and digging the holes took 2 full days! We cemented each post in the ground and then installed a picket fence all the way around.

The picket fence was a lot of work, it took about a week to install, because we had to work around our work schedule. So we could only work on it a few hours a day.

Then we tilled the soil and added composted manure, and peat moss.

This is the garden today in all it's glory! It's hard to believe we did all of this in one season! It feels amazing to be growing our own healthy organic food!

Closeup of the tomato plants. I can't wait to grow other varieties next year.


  1. Everytime I read your posts I smile for you!

    This must seem like a dream after your years in the city!

    Khyra would so love that yard!

    Thanks for sharing your 'bounty' with us!

  2. It's amazing how much work you did in 5 months! Your garden looks good. Keep up the good work :)

  3. Very nice! I still want to borrow your husband ;-)

  4. This is amazing!! Aren't you so glad you took photos to chronicle the evolution of the garden?! Wow -- I can't believe how far you all have come in such a short time -- it looks great!!!!!

  5. I so wish we had a before photo of our yard. You've done a lot in a very short period of time. And you jumped into it so bravely. We dipped a toe and waded in cautiously.

  6. AWE --- SOME !!!

    That sums it all up.

  7. Good job! I wouldn't know what to do without a yard.....

  8. yes, you're right, our fences look about the same! and LOVE your garden!! and I'm sure you're like me every time I go down to my garden, you have a smile on your face...the satisfaction of building the garden is enough to give you that smile, and then add the smile that you have for the delight of having and being able to garden itself makes the smile even bigger. I feel like it's my own little piece of Heaven here on earth! LOVE it!! you guys done a FAB job! it's just GORgeous! you both should be so proud!


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