Transforming 40 square feet of weeds
Covid-19 was the perfect opportunity for a garden transformation. With a small, empty plot measuring about 40 square feet, my ideal garden would comprise containers and raised beds. The plot dimensions are 16 feet long and 32 inches wide narrowing to 20 inches wide. Fortunately, the plot has a southern exposure, and plenty of sunshine from mid-morning to early evening. The growing season starts in early May (above frost temperatures at night) and I am located in hardiness zone 6B.
Continuing the journey
My garden transformation is rooted in my journey of divorce, healing and self-discovery started in June 2018. Two years into my journey, and with Covid-19 quarantining us to our homes and backyards, which opens a lot of questions and uncertainty about our future, it was time to embark on a garden transformation.
Start small and learn from the process
My goal was to start small, experiment and learn from the process. I planned how to make optimal use of the small plot, chose the plants that I wanted to grow, and realized that the 5 containers I owned would be insufficient. I had to build a small, raised bed. A little research on YouTube, a trip to Home Depot, and a couple of weekends later I completed a raised bed measuring 4 feet long by 2 feet wide by 26 inches tall. The frame was built from pressure-treated lumber (1 x 4 inches), and the interior with galvanized, corrugated roofing sheet cut to size. I owned all the necessary the tools, so I was in business.
Maximizing the space and opportunity
Before setting up the containers and raised bed, I continued the garden transformation by weeding the entire plot, and raking the soil to level the plot. I filled the containers and raised bed with a mixture of organic garden soil and peat moss. Ready for planting!
I bought all live plants, either online (organic) or from local garden nurseries. In 2021, I will grow most of my plants from seeds, and will retain seeds later this year for planting next year. Here’s what I planted in May and June 2020:
- New Big Dwarf Heirloom Tomato
- Green Zebra Heirloom Tomato
- Brandywine Heirloom Tomato
- Red Leaf Lettuce – Red Sails
- Mini Romaine Lettuce – Bronze
- Sweet Italian Basil – Genovese
- Heirloom Black Diamond Watermelon
Call for comments
Please let me know if you plant your own garden. What do you grow? Container garden or in-ground garden? Comment below! Thank you.