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planting a garden

planting a garden, preparing the space, funky fence idea
Ready to get planting a garden. This isn’t the real opening shot- before the weeding picture, when the weeds were covering this entire space- wall to wall, two feet tall, but you can imagine I’m sure. (I wasn’t on the ball enough to get that shot)

But in this shot you can see the funky fence better. Artwork by our artist friend Cassandra Barney and a ‘Happy Birthday’ graffiti mural you can only see part of, for my husbands 40th a couple of years ago. The fence is metal and we decided to take advantage of that with some permanent artwork.

My lovely spouse and children worked their fingers to the bone all morning weeding (while I went on a mountain bike ride with my ladies) to clear out our garden space.

planting a garden, start with seedlings
Here we have the usual garden fare- better boy, grape, cherry and roma tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, green peppers and spaghetti squash plants. I was so bummed when I couldn’t find yellow pear tomatoes this year- the nursery that usually has the plants forgot to plant them this year.  Yellow pear tomatoes = candy.

planting a garden, starting with seeds
A few essentials from seed- basil (enough for a giant patch, of course), dill, cilantro, beans, peas, pumpkins, zinnias and cosmos for cutting, sunflowers and nasturtiums.

planting a garden, laying it out
I cannot believe that we accomplished the entire garden start to finish this weekend, preparing planting a garden is a tough job. It was all the peeps pitching in to help that made it happen. I am so proud of my kids for being such hard workers. Now I will have some garden vegetables to trade with all of the folks who are hoarding wheat and rice from Costco.


  1. steph

    May 19, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    My heart aches to plant… hopefully this weekend. Looks so good! Who needs 30 dollar barrels of wheat to store in your basement when you have farm fresh veggies!

  2. lex

    May 20, 2008 at 12:40 am

    you should trade them for GAS!

  3. Precia

    May 21, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Nice work! I waited till the kids were in bed to plant mine.

  4. Michelle

    May 22, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I love your new spools across the top. And I’m jealous of your planted garden. Thanks for the reminder. I keep procrastinating, but then thoughts of fresh tomatoes and basil inspire me to get on the ball! Food persuasion wins.

  5. val

    May 26, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    love the fence! what a great garden space.

  6. corrugated metal fence | noelle o designs

    July 16, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    […] The garden beds from the inside of the fence, as you can see there’s a lot more light with the clear panels than there would be with metal in place. Also, you can see the backside weathering of the tin and corrugated panels from the fancy  front-of-the-house part of the fence. Pause and take a nostalgic glimpse at our art covered garden fence at our pervious house. […]

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