Thursday, March 18th, 2010...5:40 PM

My Resolution Garden in Pictures

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Growing your own vegetables sounds so romantic, so organic, so local, so terrifying! I’ve even done it successfully before, and I was terrified of trying again after ten years. In May 2009, my husband made me these great 4′ x 4′ square-foot gardening boxes for Mother’s Day. I summarily did absolutely nothing with them:

In January 2010, I happened to see my old friend Johnny Barnett at Wheatsville Co-op. When I found out he was working for Resolution Gardens, my interest was piqued. I had heard about the services they offered, but I hadn’t really looked into the details. Resolution Gardens will do as much or as little as you want them to from just getting you set up with planting boxes and starter plants and seeds to weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting once a week! They can even build a fence around your garden to keep your dog out. If you want to get all crazy, they’ll put in a fountain or a sculpture. Check out their services on their website, and check out their garden next time you are at Wheatsville.

So, back to my empty boxes. Johnny agreed to come by to check out my boxes and recommend some plants. When he visited, he liked my boxes and felt that they would get plenty of light on the south side of my house. We set February 1, 2010, as our planting date, and the rest is history. Check out the photos below!

Quentin (“Q”) unloading healthy dirt into my boxes:

Let the planting begin:

Johnny planted some, too:

In box #1, Resolution Gardens planted (Brussels sprouts in the back, then spinach, then carrots on the left and beets on the right in the front. Here is the box on planting day:

Here is box #1 a month-and-a-half later on March 18, 2010. I have to admit that I was a little nervous about what to do with my veggies at this point, but after looking at my All New Square Foot Gardening book, talking to my green-thumbed mother-in-law, and looking a few things up online, I was ready to harvest and do some thinning! I also knew that Johnny was just a phone call or email away. I was surprised that I didn’t need to call him. He had gotten me this far. The next steps really weren’t that hard. The spinach was ready for me to pull some leaves. The carrots and beets were ready to thin.

In box #2, Resolution Gardens planted (Swiss chard in the back, then kale, then onions and turnips on the left and radishes on the right in the front. Here is the box on planting day:

Here is box #2 a month-and-a-half later on March 18, 2010. I probably let the chard go too long. Time to cut off some leaves! The kale was also ready for me to harvest some leaves. The radishes were tiny, but we could eat a few and give the others room to grow. The turnips needed to be thinned out like the carrots and beets. The onions were ready to eat.

Gonna have to wait a bit on the Brussels sprouts:

Spinach is looking good:

Chard and kale are READY:

Say hello to my new friend Lizzy:

My daughter, Maya, harvested some chard! So excited to help:

Hurray for our first harvest (baby spinach, Swiss chard, kale, onions, and radishes)! Can’t wait to get cooking:

I love this sign that Resolution Gardens gave me to put in my yard. It’s so “Keep Austin Weird.” I love that they have such a laid-back attitude about gardening. It mimics the Libra Fitness philosophy perfectly. Just like getting in shape, it’s work, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.

My garden is just outside the sliding glass doors of the gym. I love that my clients get to see the progress in my garden every day. My goal is to inspire my clients to grow their own garden, or eat more vegetables, or even join a CSA. I hope these pictures have inspired you! If you live in Austin, I encourage you to give Resolution Gardens a call at 512-743-4245. Tell them Libra Fitness sent you! I couldn’t be happier.

About the Author:

Chris Heidel is the owner and primary personal trainer with Libra Fitness in Austin, TX, a private, in-home studio. Chris focuses her business on developing mentoring relationships with her clients built on trust and meaningful support to help them set, achieve, and maintain realistic fitness goals. Chris truly believes that while getting in shape isn’t easy, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Chris is certified through the American Council on Exercise.

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