Growing Green: The GBGal Garden

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Did you see the movie It’s Complicated? The garden has created quite a fuss.

As I start out planning our first real garden (not a bunch of pots of tomatoes like I usually do) I’ll admit I have a crush on a garden like this and would love to recreate it. But let’s get real. While I’ve always found the idea of a potager garden quite romantic, having very distinct memories of my grandmother’s gardens and the taste of fresh blueberries and picking sugar beans right off the vine, I’m certain our first efforts won’t produce quite the same results. (however, my fingers are crossed!)

I’m afraid we have quite a ways to go before my garden will in any way, shape or form resemble the one in the movie.

Here’s what we started with:

This is the southern side of our yard. The grass was all killed this summer while we did construction. The bushes were planted sometime in the 70’s or 80’s and the juniper bush was out of control!

Here is what it looked like yesterday, a week after the first picture:

I’ll have you know that bush was hiding no fewer than 15 tennis balls, a baseball, a Christmas squeeky toy, a cat’s collar (whose we have no idea!) and several bricks and lava landscape rocks! How knows how many fox and raccoons used that bush!?! We were just glad to find no one still living there.

We still need to scrape the rock and build the raised beds.

I’m sure you’ve figured out that this work has not been cheap. So look for my next garden post on how I’ve saved money getting the plants and seeds to fill it!

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Comments

  1. I’m looking forward to hearing and seeing more about your garden. We have 3 square foot boxes and are planning to build a couple more. Strawberries fill one. You’ve got a great start clearing out your space!

  2. Kelly from Kelly's Lucky You says:

    Amazing what you find in and around bushes! Can’t wait to see the rest of the project!

  3. I have seen that movie. The garden was really nice and I’m sure yours will be there in no time. : D

  4. ConnieFoggles says:

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I wish I had my father’s gardening genes, but they skipped a generation.

  5. I can’t wait to see your progress. I want to do some container gardening this spring.

  6. I wish we had enough yard to do a garden.

  7. my garden looks just like the one in the movie.
    in my head! ahahhhahaa! i hate juniper bushes. whose idea were they anyway?

  8. At least the juniper bush is out. Those things are hideous, and yet they’re everywhere. What’s the deal with that? At least yours were hiding a small fortune in tennis balls. Worth it!

    I can’t wait to see pictures as your garden project progresses.

  9. Ooooh, I can’t wait to see how it turns out. 🙂

  10. I hope all the hard work (and $) pays off for you in the end with many fruits (and veggies) of your labor 😉

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