We recently took some vacation time and traveled to Texas to visit Tabatha's family. While we were there, we decided to plant some trees in my father-in-law's backyard and start a potted garden for him as well. The trees came first. My brother-in-law helped me dig the holes, and boy did we get a workout! I didn't know that just below the top few inches of soil was a whole bunch of rocks waiting to be dug out. We worked hard and finally had three nice holes dug and ready for whatever my father-in-law would bring back from the store. He delivered two small fig trees and a tall peach tree that would grow to provide fruit and shade for the backyard. We set the trees, backfilled with garden soil, added a brick border, and topped the dirt with some wood mulch. We were all very pleased with the results.
After the trees were in place, it was time to work on the garden. My brother-in-law had started some tomato seeds that he received in the mail. I notice that the neighbor had some plastic 55 gallon barrels in his yard and I inquired as to where he got them. Turns out that this guy is a truck driver for the local grocery store and is able to get these food grade barrels when they are emptied. I told him that I wanted to get one to make a garden and he kindly passed one over the fence to me. My wife decided that cutting the barrel into three sections to create a raised garden border would be our best option. I used my father-in-laws cordless reciprocating saw to easily 'cut' through this task.
The tomato seedlings were transplanted to the newly created raised garden, and we added some bell pepper seeds and carrot seeds to increase the variety and yield of this garden. We didn't use all of the tomatoes in the garden, so we put some in pots and placed them in the front room of the house where they get plenty of sunlight and should continue to grow.
My wife's family was very grateful and excited about their new fruit trees and vegetable garden. My brother-in-law has been doing an excellent job at taking care of his new garden and looks forward to enjoying the tasty food that it will provide. Please visit us at Stone Hill Garden to see updated pictures and posts about this garden in San Antonio and our own garden in Southern California.