It was March 2015 and Spring was right around the corner. After a restful Winter of ordering seeds, designing garden beds and collect eggs before they froze from our Michigan temperatures, it was time to venture outside. We were ready for Step II of Indigo Acres…the Potager.
For those of you that have been following Growing Self, you know the Potager well! It is my magical place, filled with fruit, veggies, herbs and flowers. And, most importantly, fairies live there!
But, it did not start out that way! It began as a large open field… In the Fall of 2014, we had the deer fence and gates installed. We also assembled the green house, knowing we would need a head start on planting seedlings in the early Spring. We decided we needed a feature for the center of the garden. This would also give us a starting point for garden bed measurements.
Once the ground could be worked, we were able to start becoming friendly with the post hole digger. I would love to tell you that this was a really cool machine that did all of the work, digging approximately 50 holes, below the frost line. Unfortunately, this was not the case. We were the diggers and what an awesome arm workout it was! Move over Hulk, the incredible green ladies of Michigan were taking over!
Our goal was to one day have the feeling of a secret garden. I am also not a fan of fencing, but with our white tail deer population, we had no choice. A variety of apple, peach, asian pear, plum and cheery trees lined the perimeter of the Potager, with a plan to add perennial vines, to cover the fencing, in the future.
Grape vine posts were next on the digging list and we needed a ton of supports for the very powerful, woody vines!
Spring is the perfect time for planting grass seed. The weather was cooperating and our grass paths were coming in nicely. Our future goal would be to use the grass clippings in the vegetable beds as a weed barrier, for our edibles would be grown organically.
Preparing strawberry and asparagus beds was next on our garden adventure list!
We had our hands full, not only starting all of our veggies from seed, but creating the garden beds in time to plant over Memorial Day weekend. Since our plates were already full…why not design a garden cottage, too! At least we were smart enough to realize that we did not have time to take on this building project, on our own! Designing it was one thing, but we set our hammers down for building this one!
That brings us to the end of May, 2015! We were two ladies with a vision and a plan to make our dream a reality! Indigo Acres was becoming everything we had hoped for and then some…
♥Check back next Wednesday for Part VI of If You Build It, They Will Come…
“She turned her can’t into cans and her dreams into plans…”
Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…
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