acreage renovation: a garden for brother + sister bear

This spring we decided to make a garden for our children. We were wholly inspired by “The Berenstain Bears Patience, Please” after reading it to them. They begged us to have their own garden just like Brother and Sister Bear. One that they could till, plant, weed, and water and grow whatever they wanted. Of course we had to agree to such eagerness.

We used my small corn garden for their new garden. It was south facing and the best location in our yard for one. Geoff ripped out the old and temporary fence we had around it to keep the animals out. Then the kids and I each took a shovel and spread our composted food into it. We also moved all of the rocks and heavy stones from behind the garage. This was all hard work but they did very well. Next, Geoff rototilled and worked the compost into the garden, expanding it by a lot. Finally, he built a new fence to go around it.

I spent an entire spring morning planting seeds with them. I planned it out and made all of the little holes in the dirt. They wanted corn, carrots, cucumber, sunflowers, tomatoes, snap peas, watermelon, and flowers.

The kids meticulously filled each hole with seeds. Then we watered it all. They continued to water on the days where it didn’t rain. Within a few weeks we had sprouts. From there, and with occasional weeding, we had a full (albeit somewhat messy) garden!


They are so proud of their work. I am, too! Mostly everything came up, and we snack on their snap peas daily. I hope to do this with them every year until they are no longer interested. It’s such a special and rewarding thing.

Emory

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garden diy.

summer is not yet here, but already we have done some major changes to our garden.

our house was built in the 1920s, and i think that the yard was neglected for the past 90 years! well, maybe i am exaggerating a little, but it was definitely not cared for during the past 5 years when it was a rental property. 

what began as a section of trees surrounded by weeds was transformed into a 14′ x 14′  garden in the corner of our backyard.

DSCN5949_2my first diy was to create plant markers. while the majority of them are the cutest little t-labels, i found an old piece of wood behind our shed.

DSCN5997after spray painting it silver, it became our pumpkin marker.

DSCN6175as for the fence … let’s not go there yet. it is in quite a state, to say the least! we have so many boards that are missing that until we can replace it all next year, we are finding temporary solutions. 

DSCN6177 DSCN6188 DSCN6185 DSCN6183 DSCN6179my second diy was to take a wood pallet, turn it upright, screw it into the fence, and add some planters. cute!

DSCN6194 DSCN6201DSCN6207_2garden diy number three was to camouflage a particular nasty section of with our old screen door. then i hung a ceramic bird feeder on a tree stump that  *g* recently had to chainsaw out of our garden. 

DSCN6189 DSCN6195DSCN6202my fourth diy was to utilize an old birdcage of ours. (which, consequently, so did katie on skunkboy! i swear that i did it first! ;-)) after painting it white, i hung it in a nicer section of our garden. i plan to fill it with herbs.

DSCN5957 DSCN5960DSCN5967now for my last garden diy. time to plant seeds!

DSCN5970voila! and that concludes my garden tutorial for now. :-)

have you any garden makeover tips to share?

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