Perspiration Pays Off

Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration.

But Josh loves to garden,

and I love cooking with fresh-picked vegetables,

and so we gladly perspire (most days).




Yes, we still have more perspiring work to do. We need to make a gate at the entrance. We need to trench in a line for water, so that we don’t have to drag the hose back there. We need more wood chips to cover the bare soil. We’re still working on our plants around the outside border.


We have come so far! Here are a few pictures of what took place in spurts between Spring 2012 and Spring 2016:

One more look at what we started with. The only items that stayed are the four blueberry bushes that we planted behind the little spruce trees.


First, we got rid of all of the old junk, cut down the scrubby trees, and then leveled the ground. It’s amazing how much perspiration is encapsulated in that simple sentence!


Next, we planned how large to make our garden (the bigger the better, we thought), and then put in the four corner posts, using string as a guide to make things square.


Still using the string as a guide, Josh dug the remaining fence post holes. We spaced everything out to work with our boards so that we wouldn’t have to cut any of them once we built the fence.


That’s one way to get a workout!


With all the fence posts in, it was now time to dig a trench, put up the metal fencing to keep out the snacking animals, and nail up the rails.


With only half of it done, the wild turkeys could still wander in, looking for a meal.


We buried the metal fencing at least 6 inches down, which was a good thing because we’ve had critters already trying to dig underneath it this Spring.


Last Fall, all the fencing was in place, but we still needed to finish staining the wood.


Here it is this today. We added copper solar light caps to the corner posts, and hope to add some kind of cap to the other posts.


My mini herb garden


On the left we have three rows of potatoes (red and yellow) with tomatoes (roma, cherry, beefsteak) further in behind them. In the center is my herb garden, and behind that we have peppers and different kinds of squash (spaghetti, cucumber, and zucchini).


On the right side of the garden, we have three rows of corn near the front, four blueberry bushes behind, and rhubarb at the back.


The blueberry bushes are loaded this year!


We transplanted the rhubarb this Spring and it seems to be thriving!


My herbs: mint, chives, rosemary, thyme, oregano, cilantro, parsley, lemon basil, and basil.

And we still have the raised garden beds on the top of our hill that have raspberries, garlic, onions, beans, and lettuce.   🙂  We are certainly blessed!

Two bonus pictures:


My gardening companion who one minute is licking himself….


….and the next is spazzing out as he chases his tail.

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4 Responses to Perspiration Pays Off

  1. nancynurse86 says:

    Wow Ange, what a transformation! I love that it is big enough to be fenced in and that you can have sections and “small gardens” within the big garden, ex: your herb garden. So neat! What a lot of work! and also now with the planting and harvesting! But rewarding!

  2. Lora says:

    Wow Ange! That was ambitious! It looks great! I thought the garden with the bixes and trellis were big and now you have two! So does this mean you have to start canning?

    • At this point I’m still into freezing (blueberries, raspberries, tomato sauce, zucchini), but we’ll have to see. I’m curious about how the potatoes, onions, and garlic will turn out and how long they’ll store without going bad.

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