I had hoped to do this as a slide show, but I don’t have a photo-editing software that lets me add captions, so I get to insert all these pix with the caption I want one at a time πŸ™‚

To (almost) quote Bocephus, “Country girl can survive” – enjoy!

My onion “bed”. Okay, so I know they’re not quite planted at 4″ x 12″ spacing, but this fits more in. Not tremendously visible in this pic, but this a re-purposed wheelbarrow (plastic) that the wheels quit spinning on, and it was just sitting under the shed. My wonderful helper did a great job planting all those onions, didn’t he! (And this was after working at the 4-H thing for an hour, then piano lesson, AND helping me to get a load of dirt!)

My butter crunch bibb lettuce. Notice the re-used plastic nursery buckets (1 plant each), and the re-purposed old dish washing tub (2 plants) – they’re sitting on top of an old heavy duty Rubbermaid-type storage tub.

My spearmint! (re-used planter)

Orange mint (re-used gardening container)

Lemonbalm! (Didn’t realize until after I bought it just how useful and wonderful it is; I just knew it was an herb and smelled good πŸ˜‰ reused clay pot)

My broccoli plants (at least the 9 that are planted….) Don’t know what really the 2 big galvanized? stainless? tubs are, but there 2 laying around, and I knew Daddy used them for gardening, too.Β  The biggest container on top of the dog crate (inventive re-purposing for getting stuff up off the ground, don’t ya think? the other plants are the previously shown mints and lemonbalm) also has broccoli. These are the same 9 plants that I showed in the part 1 post all planted in one of those big metal tubs. The two metal tubs are top of another heavy-duty Rubbermaid bin.

Using a wooden planter box? that was under the shed to plant 3 more butter crunch in. And yes, that’s a handicap shower chair they’re sitting on (that shed is yielding more and more wonderful finds….)

The last 2 butter crunch (in case you were counting to 9 to make sure I got them all), in a hanging metal pot/bucket of some sort. It is on the ground, but is light enough I can pick it up. Also hope to get something else out there to put more stuff on top of. Also on top of the massively rusted 55-gallon drum, are the herbs I talked about planting here)

The oregano planted in a re-used dish garden

My sweet basil, planted in the “Puppy Pot” I received from my wonderful friends Wendy and Mama-2 (Wendy’s Mom, I call her Mama-2 because she’s, well, like a 2nd mother to me :-)) It’s a bit rusted and “dog-eared” where the paint has started peeling, but I love it just the same, and am glad to finally have something to plant in it. (The planter was new 18 months ago when I got it, btw, but it’s sat out in the rain and weather, simply because I enjoy looking at it.)

My rosemary πŸ™‚ The only other thing in a real clay pot; the rest are plastic look-a-likes….

The wonderful yellow wheeled buggy I couldn’t be doing this without. I’ve discovered I can 1/2-fill it with dirt and comfortably pull it without straining my back. Then there’s the big shovel (I use that one), and the Teddy-sized shovel (we both use that one πŸ˜‰ It’s easier to get dirt out of the buggy and into the smaller pots with the smaller shovel. I haven’t managed to find a trowel yet, but actually planting the starts has been easy since shoveling the dirt has loosened it, and it’s mostly sand, so digging it by hand isn’t a big deal.

(I know, it’s a smidge blurry….) My garden from what I think of as the “front.” Note my raised-bed pallet garden frame in the background.

And the back view πŸ™‚

One tired helper! (Whom I suspected was and know now to be sick.) The sweatshirt he’s wearing (Go Dawgs!) is just one of the many reasons I love Goodwill – $2.50 for a college-brand good condition sweatshirt πŸ˜€ I’m not one who has to have brand name labels (the brand name in most of my stuff is Faded Glory…), but I’ve gotten him Tommy Hilfiger, Polo, Ralph Lauren, etc, all for $2.50 each!

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