Hmm...I may have bitten off more than I can chew (figuratively and literally) with this much seed!
I gave you a teaser here about what my husband and I have been building in our backyard. I'm so happy to say that it's finally finished! Using old weathered fence posts we had on hand, my husband crafted a 1' x4'x10' raised bed garden for us! I'm beyond thrilled.
I'm trying to focus on keeping this garden chemical-free so instead of using weed/grass killer we laid out layers of newspaper before piling on a yard and a half of premium composted soil mix. (From what I understand, gardening is all about the dirt)
I've spent a lot of time sketching and charting and thinking through where every single seed and transplant should go. I thought it may be a little overkill at the time, but once I got to planting, this little map was vital to keeping my sanity. I referenced it with the beginning of each row, and later it helped me remember where I put everything. And I'll keep the map for reference next year so I'll know how to rotate my crops. Don't forget to add a compass to your map!
As a child, I remember watching my dad grow a half acre worth of crops in our backyard. We lived out in the country (not hard to do in Texas) and had acres and acres of land around us. I despised the chores I had as a result of that garden, which was to pick off (by hand!) the tomato worms and okra bugs (I still shiver thinking about it). But as I look back on those years, some of my favorite childhood memories are found working those rows and rows of crops.