If You Build It, They Will Come: Part V

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.

A weeping crab apple tree was the perfect choice!

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!

Supports and wires were positioned for raspberries, blackberries and boysenberries.  Blueberries were also added to this section.
 Young Raspberries
Once all of the young berries were planted, compost was added to the rows, followed by mulch.

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.

We raise 13 different apple varieties!
We worked until dusk many evenings!  At the time, we were both working full-time so our evenings and weekends were spent continuing to build our dream garden!

Grape vine posts were next on the digging list and we needed a ton of supports for the very powerful, woody vines!

I would be happy if I never had to use a post hole digger, to dig another hole below the frost line, ever again!

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.

Our graph paper vision was beginning to take form!
A little H2O is always helpful!!

Preparing strawberry and asparagus beds was next on our garden adventure list!

Black plastic heats up our chilly Michigan soil beautifully and keeps the weeds away!
Planting 300+ strawberry plants!
Wifey loves asparagus!  She was excited to start digging!
Although March and April were still chilly outside, our seedlings were warm and cozy in the greenhouse!
It was April and the seedlings were making outstanding progress!

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!

The beginning…
And the walls are up!
It is all coming together…

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…

Spring on the farm…

♥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…”

~author unknown

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…




Note:  If You have missed part of the “If You Build It They Will Come” series, you can link to them below!

29 thoughts on “If You Build It, They Will Come: Part V

  1. When I was young and ambitious I wanted much like what you have there. Ah but work took over and then illness, but I can live vicariously through you! Enjoy every last minute. I saw somewhere that you consider yourselves hobby farmers. I like to think of you as gentlewoman farmers! ❤️💕❤️💕❤️

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  2. I am always in total admiration each time I see your potager Roda. Where did you learn how to take care of plants, grow vegetables and asparagus (that’s a tough one I know that), and all that ?
    You are an amazing inspiration

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  3. I love your quote at the very end. It screams everything about this series and then some! Thank you for taking us on this journey and look forward to next Wednesday! 🙂

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    1. I am excited for you! Baby steps…it will happen. We do not have a website. It has been fun to look back at the process! No wonder we feel tired at times!! 😜


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