Spring has sprung and as much as we are still chugging away on the indoor projects, the outdoors has called our name! We’ve answered by tilling, amending, landscape fabric-ing and planting seedlings for the flower garden AND by building a fence to protect from floral predators.
Once again, our dear, sweet parents came to the rescue and lent a hand. Bless them. The fence isn’t complete yet, but we have a some sunny and free days coming up, so it will be soon I’m sure!
It’s comin’ along folks!
The ground was tilled (by our neighbor Wes. With his tractor. For free. And he was done in 10 minutes. Praise God!) and soil added. Mom (pictured gracefully above) and I evened it out and got to marking out the space.
Landscape fabric was laid to ensure protection from invasive weeds and better moisture control See this blog post from Erin at Floret Flower Farm for more information.
Meanwhile, Luke and dad started on the fence.
We measured out different sized “plots” based on what each flower variety needs and marked with our handy, dandy flags. We grabbed the old laminate flooring to use as a pathway.
Still workin’ on that fence…
After cutting holes into the fabric (we chose to cut, as this fabric doesn’t unravel, versus burn holes as Erin suggests) and measuring out the distance between each plant, I carefully lifted each seedling into their new home.
Dousing with water to help them settle in…
Progress on the fence, no!?
There is something quite satisfying about a combination of soil, dreams, sunlight, a light breeze, manual labor, progress, family and unknowns. The flower endeavor represents risk to me. I am taking it on (with MUCHO help) with no prior experience and although I am not usually afraid of new things (they usually intrigue me if anything), I have found the financial and time investment has made me afraid to fail.
Risk comes with fear sometimes. But a life lived under God’s care dispels fear. I can get butterflies in my stomach, but I don’t have to be afraid. He works all things for the good of those who love Him. So…only good things shall bloom:)
Side note, I am writing this a few weeks after this actually took place. And to honor my commitment to my fellow finders, I will be truthful in my telling of the story.
After we took two full days to put all this together, we realized we had made two rookie mistakes. The fence needed to be redone and placed more securely into the ground with concrete and I mis-planted my seedlings on the wrong date.
So, off to the garden we went the following weekend to take up the majority of the seedlings I had meticulously planted and to tear down the fence and start from near scratch there.
I felt like God protected us from discouragement. We took it in stride (after a small pouting sesh) and decided to chalk it up to #newfarmerproblems and move on with life. Hopefully the big mistakes are out of the way now!?!? 🙂
Either way, I’ll post an updated view of the garden area soon. The fence is really starting to take shape and the rest of the “properly sized” seedlings will go in the ground in a couple weeks!
This week, I ‘m gearing up for my Camas Plant + Garden Sale on May 7! The treasures I’ve collected so far really tickle my fancy…I hope to delight my customers too!
Love and Blessings!