Friday, April 8, 2011

Everything I know about gardening I learned from Sesame Street.

Major spring fever over here.

Major.

I mean, I have got some projects involving the outdoors, of grandiose proportions. We are talking, like, outside: allthetime. And I'm excited; I mean, pee my pants, ants in the pants, pants on fire.

All my usual "pants" references of excitement.

So, why am I not working, right now, you ask?
Oh. . . ya know.

I said it before, and I'll say it again: I would love this state, if winter didn't steal from it's neighboring seasons. Winter, I loathe you.

But I digress--

my plans. My plans of ginormous proportions.

Whilst browsing through a "This Old House" mag, I saw it:

Oh. My. This garden. . pants have been peed.

I've always had good intentions of planting a garden. "Oh, I should. . ." "Oh, we will. . . "

So why haven't I, yet? Well, thanks for asking.

Oh. . . ya know.

Maybe the kids might eat/tear/pull/demolish/decapitate/rupture/explode it?

But back to this garden:

enclosed. ENCLOSED. It will be outside of our backyard fence, away from the hoodlums.

Raised beds, gravel paths, a dainty lil fountain surrounded by flowers. . .

massive amounts of back-breaking work. And I don't even want to talk about the money. Let's pretend that it will cost $5, okay?

Many, many thanks to the Daddy-o for helping me pick out my choice, choice pieces of lumber:

which cost 10¢. Each. No, shhhhh. Don't tell me otherwise. Don't ruin the dream, man. Don't poop on the parade.

So how's my green thumb? Well, I've seen Sesame Street: water, soil, sun. That's the extent of my gardening knowledge. And plus, I've been playing Plants vs. Zombies, so I know. Gather up my sun, plant a couple pea shooters and some tallnuts, and we're, like, totally safe from the zombies.

I am so screwed.

20 comments:

Kristi@living-blessed-life said...

Oh. My. Gosh!!!! I'm sooo glad I did not see this post like 2 days ago, because my hubs and checkbook would have H.A.T.E.D you!!! We just finished tilling for our raised bed last night and I'm planting today. I'm in TX no never a chance of snow here really!!! This garden is to DIE for!!!! Can't wait to see your pictures!!!

Holly said...

I wanna pee my pants too! Make me one.

Teri said...

Soooo gorgeous! I'm thinking of doing a little gardening this summer, myself, so I'll be learning along with you!

Lisa said...

Oh your kids are going to love mucking around in your future garden with you. So fun to see things you've planted grow and harvest the fruits (or veggies) of your labor. I'm pee-in-my-pants excited for you to start this one. Stinkin snow getting in the way of dreams!!

gina3 said...

With this much excitement, you might have to invest in some Depends. Love the enclosed garden. Plant potato vine. It's pretty, grows fast and you can't kill it before winter.

Leslie@leserleeslovesandhobbies said...

Oh, Mandi, you crack me up. My DH built me a beautiful garden. Raised beds, gravel paths, but inside the fence, in full reach of the hoodlums. Although my hoodlums surprisingly help me and are very careful (I know, I'm blessed). So, if you need gardening tips, come check out my blog. One of my most recent posts talks a little bit about our gardening plans. Good luck!

Lori said...

The kids will love it and you will be teaching while growing great stuff.

Andrea@Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I can totally see it! And it's going to be beautiful :)

I can't have a garden this year and I am so, so sad. Perhaps next year but probably not. Someday I WILL have a garden again. . . Until then I will just live vicariously through you!!

Heather at Dragonfly Designs said...

OMG! Are you this funny in real life?? Cause we need to be friends! I need a good pee in the pants every once in the while and YOU need someone who knows how to garden! {At least I know how to up here in the Canadian great white north ~ where we currently DON'T have snow ~ touch wood} But if you stop by sometime I am sure to have a gardening post or two....as soon as the ground thaws out.

Stefanie said...

Dang girl! You reach for the stars there sassy! It'll look great and I'm sure the munchkins are gonna LOVE to "help"! haha When I get re-married and am able to stay home, this is the type of "ish" I'll be getting myself into too! Maybe one day! Wishful thinking anyways, right?!? <3

slommler said...

You are totally screwed!! Ha!! But that garden is spectacular for sure!! Have fun planning and dreaming and building! Can't wait to see your rendition!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Emily said...

I love the idea. I have a garden, but I really never get any vegatables out of it because my girls eat everything before I can go out and get them.

Layne Bushell said...

ohhhh so much purtier than my raised bed garden boxes....and you know what...if you plant it they will not pull it! We've had a garden for years and my little hoodlums have never pulled the plants out. They love to watch them grow and then eat the rewards!!! so fun!

Taylor Family said...

lol!! Mandi you make ME pee my pants. I always burst out in laughter when reading your blog. Derek knows I am reading your blog when that happens.But true that! I HATE Utah winters. I wish I was back living in Vegas. On my weather app. thingy, I also have the Vegas weather info. to compare with Salt Lake weather, its been in the 60s and 70s since end of Feb. I don't know why I torture myself like that. I've had plans of a garden, I couldn't wait for the day to have a home, and a yard to have my own garden...um yea...6 yrs later...not a sign of a garden. I still have that dream though. Can't wait to see the final results on yours.

annie valentine said...

You're going to love the enclosed garden.

Sarah and Brian said...

I wish that I could come live at your house! So cute! I can't wait to see the finished product! We are going to be doing our backyard this spring (HA! What a joke!) and I hope to be putting in a garden myself, though light years away from what you are building. Love reading your blog! Keep up the good work!

XOXO,
Sarah

Hannah Moore said...

I know this is not the point you were trying to get across, but plants vs. zombies is awesome! I love that game. But aside from that, I really wish I could make a garden like that. Just need a house and a yard first, sigh! Some day...

Harmony said...

Good luck on your garden, little lady. I just love me some raised garden boxes. Mmmm. In any case, I just dropped by to say that next time you go to costco, you should pick up this lil' book:
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Garden-Book-Edibles-Vegetables/dp/0376039183/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b

I know that google will tell you everything you need to know about gardening, but this book is such a big pretty reference, and covers all the plants you might want to grow, plus composting, plus garden layout techniques etc. I've enjoyed ogling over it over the past few weeks. YAY for gardens!

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

I'm debating starting to grow my own herbs, just because they're so freakin expensive at the store. $2 for a half cup of fresh thyme, really?!??!

dena4kids said...

OK first, Little Nate the great, thinks that you are the coolest ever because you play plants vs zombies.
I LOVE that garden!!!! It would be a shame for me to go through all that trouble and work just to have it filled with dead plants.=)