I honestly (being as naive as I am in the ways of horticulture and general growing of things), thought you could just put some potting mix in and grow some stuff.
Apparently, you have to make drainage holes (duh!), cover those drainage holes with something so the dirt doesn't fall out (oh my lord Stacey, really?) and then prop them up on bricks or something to let the air flow. Really. Not even hard, and pure common sense.
So I poked some holes.
And laid down some black stuff (technical term).
And put in some mushroom compost from our big garden that is being overhauled and filled with new stuff. This is rich with nutrients and wiggly worms. My seeds are gonna love it.
Indoctrinating her early.
So. Much. Rain. has resulted in crazy overgrown garden bits so Veggie Dad cuts it all back while I pull everything out of the big garden (including that massive pile of parsley there, and a huge basil bush that had gone a bit woody. Pesto FTW!)
Veggie Dad built me that raised bed garden for my birthday last year. He is seriously the awesomest ever. EVER. Then he and a friend made a no-dig garden behind it.
Because I let my basil and mint go to seed, they've sprung up elsewhere in the garden so I'm repotting them to halt their crazy invasion of everywhere.
We ended up with one basil pesto, two parsley pestos and the biggest bowl of tabbouleh ever seen by man. or woman.
Less than a week later, we have life! I get all Dr Frankenstein for a minute, proud of my creating something from small bits of something else.
Grow little dude, grow!
In readiness for the new big garden and the no-dig garden, I have snow peas, onions, lettuce, spinach, rocket, broccoli, beetroot, and strawberries to try. In my styrofoam funboxes I have parsley, rosemary, oregano and thyme, growing from seed.
And I'm getting a lemon tree in a pot for my birthday next week... may or may not put in a request for a lime tree, depending on how well behaved I am.
Imma put them next to my avocado tree and have a guacamole party. Ole!
Are you growing stuff? Can you tell me what? And how not to kill ma shiz? I'm a slow learner!