I’m lazy, so I built a big garden

May 5, 2010 by

This is the first part of a series of garden posts.  View parts 2 The Beginning, and 3 Building, the dirt, water, and seeds.

Part of learning to live a simple life for me was getting back to basics with food.  Cooking more.  Eating out less.  Eating food that was better for me and better for the environment.   Thus I built me a big garden.

Actually that’s only part of the reason.  The other reason that prompted me (gave me the excuse) to build my garden was that i’m lazy.  I was tired of mowing a lawn we never used.  I was tired of fixing a sprinkler system that continued to break for no reason.   So one day, i noticed the sprinklers for my lawn had broken yet again and that was the final straw.    I could either spend thousands of dollars, dig up and replace my entire sprinkler system and replant my entire lawn, or i could spend that money and time on something useful.   Hence, my garden project began.

I will detail out how and why i built my garden in more detail in future posts, but it came down to, where do i want to place my time, energy and money and what will i get in return for it?  Will watering a lawn I never use be the best use of my resources?  I didn’t think so.  So i tore out my front lawn and replaced it with __ square feed of raised garden boxes.

Now i’ll be the first to admin i don’t know a lot about growing food, but that’s also part of the reason i wanted to have a garden.  I wasn’t learning anything new mowing the lawn.  Part of this is learning from others, and sharing that information with those that want it.  But so far so good.  The garden waters itself from the sprinkler system and drip hoses.  It has some motion detector sprinklers to keep out any critters i don’t want in there.   I’ve planted a lot of different vegetables and so far they are all growing.  Not too shabby.

I’ll post details and pictures of exactly how i built my garden and would love to answer any questions you have about it.

Ben…

Vegetables planted: (in no particular order)
Corn, Beans, Peas, Beets, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Carrots, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Artichokes, Zucchini, Garlic, Onions, Peppers, Chilies, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley, Chives, Cabbage, Lettuce, Squash, Basil, Sunflowers, and a few more i’m sure i’m forgetting.

This is the first part of a series of garden posts.  View parts 2 The Beginning, and 3 Building, the dirt, water, and seeds.

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  • Jason

    Ok Ben, we need to come by and see your garden. We were talking about doing a garden at the new place.

  • Michael Floyd

    Ben,
    We plant a vegie garden every year. Even when we were in an apartment we had tomatoes on the balcony. This year we are planting zucchini, tomatoes, cantaloupe, cucumbers, peas and green beans

  • http://www.trulysimple.com Ben

    thats awesome…

  • http://www.trulysimple.com Ben

    yes we'll need to get you guys over soon

  • Jason

    Ok Ben, we need to come by and see your garden. We were talking about doing a garden at the new place.

  • Michael Floyd

    Ben,
    We plant a vegie garden every year. Even when we were in an apartment we had tomatoes on the balcony. This year we are planting zucchini, tomatoes, cantaloupe, cucumbers, peas and green beans

  • http://www.trulysimple.com Ben

    thats awesome…

  • http://www.trulysimple.com Ben

    yes we'll need to get you guys over soon

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