Everyone needs a hobby. Something you can do outside of work that makes you happy. Since I’ve moved to VA my hobby has been my yard. Ryan and I have spent all our free time since we moved in cleaning out all the trash and poison ivy from the yard. This year we are looking forward to making it pretty with flowers and a veggie garden and enjoying our time outside. Our new vegetable garden is my hobby. I’m not much of a gardener. Despite growing up in the country I didn’t garden much, so I don’t really know what I’m doing. I’ve read a lot of books on gardening this winter and I’m going to make a good try at it and see how much I learn. It’s turned into a pretty big project and I’m so grateful that Ryan has agreed to help my build it. He’s not interested in the plants, but I’m ok with that so long as he will build me the beds my plants need to grow. We are building raised planter beds for two reasons, 1. Our yard is full of VA clay. And by clay I mean bricks. Seriously. We have dug out tons of chunks of clay that were like rock. Vegetables won’t grow in that soil. and 2. If we simply added nice dirt on top of that it would all wash away down the drainage ditch in our yard. We dug it out earlier this winter, and it has already filled up with dirt from the backyard. I’m really looking forward to spring when I can plant grass that will hold our dirt in place 🙂
Since there is so much happening in my garden, and it is my favorite thing to do (besides photography) I’ve decided to make a new weekly blog post to keep everyone up to date on what is happening in the yard (but mostly in my garden.) I can’t wait to see how it all works out and what will actually grow into something we can eat!
To start off, here are some pictures of my garden this week. You can see the raised beds we have already made. They will be dug into the ground once the shed is sided (which is happening this week!) but you can get the idea of what it will look like when it is done. I’m so excited. You can also see some of Ryan’s big project, which is the firepit. It’s going to be awesome for evening BBQs in the summer 🙂