Tula Pink’s Parisville has been one of those collections in the back of my mind ever since it came out. It isn’t what I usually buy…and probably wouldn’t coordinate with most of my stash. But all together it is just a beautiful collection. I decided to buy a couple fat quarter sets while they were still available. (I’ve found them both at The Fabric Quarter and Hawthorne Threads.)

I also wanted to share with you the progress of my garden plot. Thank you to everyone for all the tips when I posted my plan! I did rearrange quite a bit once I arrived and talked to fellow gardeners. I decided to put all my trailing plants (pumpkin, cucumbers, watermelon, etc) on one end so if they trail into each other it’s not a big deal. Then I also followed a tip from the comments on my last post and moved the tomatoes and peppers so they aren’t next to each other. A few other changes as well.

Here is the fresh plot when I arrived. There are hundreds of plots and after watching the gardens start all around me, I have noticed there are also hundreds of ways to garden!

Fresh Garden Plot

And here it is after 3 days of hard labor. Excuse the poor photos, they were taken with my phone.

Halfway There

I fenced around it after I talked to another woman doing the same thing. She is hoping it keeps the geese from swooping in. Also, in my case and probably more importantly, it serves as a visual boundary for my kids so they don’t walk in someone else’s garden.

Where I planted the seeds, I amended the soil with Miracle Grow Moisture Control soil (I had good luck with this last year). So far I have planted seeds for the corn, various flowers, cucumber, pumpkin, beans and peas, and lettuces. I will be out next week so when I return I will plant the seeds for watermelon, cantaloupe and plants for tomatoes, peppers and herbs.

I am having a great time out there. Across the street are baseball fields so as I’m working in the dirt I hear the clink of the bats and the cheer of the parents. There is just something SO summer about it and it makes me smile. Here’s to a great season!


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    Sara says

    Your garden is coming along wonderfully. You are going to love peas straight from the garden–so sweet and delicious:)

    I am picturing being there with the baseball games—-FUN times!

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    I really like Parisville. I’m using it for Cluck Cluck Sew’s pattern, Sugar Dish, which is square in a square, with a row of Dresden Plates. I have always wanted to do some Dresden Plates but didn’t want to commit to anything too large so this will be perfect.

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    Congratulations on getting your garden in! It looks like you’re in great shape. I like the idea of fencing it in too. I’d like to begin having a small garden. Getting started seems like the hardest part. Truthfully, the work part isn’t that appealing but I sure do like the thought of carrying a basket to pick fresh veggies for dinner! 🙂

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    Jen says

    Ooh, wow! It looks great so far! I’m so glad you’re doing cantaloupe; you’ll love ’em. How fun to have the park across the street, too. Bring on summer!

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    I too have just purchased Parisville. Somehow I can’t live with it…I will start with a charm pack and go from there!

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