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Melissa

Location:  Centralia, WA

Day Job:  Part-time Bookseller

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Blueberries, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Gourds, Green beans, Lavender, Lettuce, Mint, Oregano, Pumpkins, Rosemary, Spinach, Strawberries, Tomatoes

Animals:  Cats, Dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  My husband and I bought our first home and have busted sod to create a garden in the front yard as well as dig out the neglected flower beds around the property. We both grew up with large family gardens and now that we have space of our own it's time to raise the next generation with lots of dreams and little know-how on our shoe-string budget.

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  • Posted by: Misplaced Gardener on May 10th, 2013 at 01:34 pm

    Hope that farming at home this year is great for you

 
  • Posted by: Cindyg on February 12th, 2013 at 07:00 am

    what a beautiful place you have. Centrailia Wa is beautiful!

 
  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on November 26th, 2012 at 06:04 am

    What a beautiful garden! Voted.

 
  • Posted by: Minickfarm78 on August 28th, 2012 at 02:00 pm

    WOw! I am so impressed with all the details and hard work you and your hubby put into your garden. Your pictures show the step by step process of your hardwork and dedication!

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on June 30th, 2012 at 09:26 pm

    Wow! Lots of pictures. Looks good so far. I hope your garden grows well this year!

 
  • Posted by: Melissa on June 27th, 2012 at 09:33 am

    The past few weeks have been very busy but finally, finally we have our garden in! I am seeing rocks in my sleep and we helped a family member re-roof their house in between rain showers but last week my wonderful husband built the rest of the frame for our garden and we brought in a truckload of mulch/topsoil mix. I was in the garden until ten (too dark to see) but got almost everything planted.
    Unfortunately my hubby just got put on disability so our garden has become just that much more important to us. The flip-side is that he's been home to help me a whole lot more. Yesterday i discovered the flower seeds already popping up! Zinnias, cosmos, statice and bachelor buttons. Yippee!

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on June 26th, 2012 at 06:29 pm

    I voted for you and then missed your special 'farmer of the day' day. Congratulations on that! Hope the yard is progressing well. I want to eventually convert my front yard, at least partly, to food, as well. This year, I planted one grape vine to see how it does in the conditions. If it does ok, I'll plant more next year.

 
  • Posted by: Melissa on June 10th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Thank you, everyone! After a disastrous attempt to bring in my fathers tractor to ease/speed up the busting sod process we borrowed his old troybuilt rototiller that i remember him getting in my early childhood. My husband sectioned out all the sod and we found a stump right in the middle of our small plot. I have been working on digging it out all week but our soil is so impossibly rocky it is taking a lot of time. As i was using a hori hori knife (my favorite tool) to dig out roots underneath our neighbor loaned us his sawsall(sp?) - amazing how much faster that works than the hatchet i had! Ran out of light last night but there is only a third of the stump left. Yay!

 
  • Posted by: Grasshopper Farm on June 10th, 2012 at 09:15 am

    Good luck! I wish I could turn the whole yard into a garden (with a little part left for rolling in the grass with the dogs).

 
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