I've talked so much about all of this work we've been doing on the garden and outdoors, so I thought it was about time to show you the goods. Sadly, "the goods" haven't come up yet, but I'll show you what we have.

I feel a bit guilty writing this post, because this is truly Kyle's baby.  I can't pinpoint why exactly, but he got REALLY excited about our first garden and ran with it. I can't tell you how many hours we've spent searching for the "perfect" plants in various stores around town, always ending in me dragging him away.
The previous owners already had the plot set, which they've been using for the past 15 years. They didn't plant last year, so we Kyle had to rotatill a few times before we began. Then came the raking to even the soil, spreading weed killer, measuring and plotting of stakes, laying out the rows (with none other than fishing line...which has proved to be quite useful!) and then we planted. 
"We" makes it sound as if I did an equal amount of the work, buttttt that's not necessarily true.

After hours at multiple stores, here's what we came home with to plant:

Welcome to our 1st Garden:

 I may be in charge of daily watering, but I promise I didn't drown them. This was after a nice few days of rain and thunderstorms:

We've had three nights of frost that have been touch and go as far as the life of our plants go. It's been so disappointing to wake up to frost across the ground and think that all of our garden could be toast. Thankfully, the plants are holding on strong for us!

We planted a lot of produce, even ones that we don't even eat in our home because someone (cough cough) can't handle the smell. That's right, we even planted ONIONS! I'm not sure what we'll do with them if they grow?
I'm holding out for this baby to produce some blackberries! Some have said we probably won't get any berries this year, but I'm positive if I stop by and talk to it everyday, it will hear my cries for berries and grow 'em! Spoken like the true Ann Arbor hippie that I am.

Here is our very fancy, detailed list of which plants are in which rows. This lives on our refrigerator as a good reminder of what is to come....


  1. Just ship those onions to PA we are huge onion consumers :) love the itty bitty strawberry.

    1. If we grow any I'll be happy to send them down to you :)

  2. What a beautiful garden, and I love everything on your list. What an amazing project!


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