Imagine All the Produce: The Beginning of Dakota Farms

| 5/10/2011 11:04:44 PM

Michelle MooreShelley Moore is an aspiring organic backyard gardener with hopes of becoming a true 'green thumb'. She is the mother of two young daughters and the wife of one helpful husband. They reside in northern Utah.  

Now that I have John Lennon’s beautiful melodic song "Imagine" subconsciously playing in your mind (okay, maybe now I do), this is the beginnings of my imagination. The looking forward to and imagining a garden lush of foliage and life and organically grown food right here on this very spot.

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The garden, ready for the weed barrier. Photo By Shelley Moore. 

My husband and I bought our home in August 2008 and I have always planned to have a big garden on the west side of our backyard. This year, I am excited to say, it’s finally in the works! However, it is going to be a slow process, one that evolves over time, season in, season out. (Is there a money tree I can plant to speed things up?) Although, now I’m a little nervous at the size of my plot. How much work is this going to be? 

I was a witness to my parents gardening while growing up, but I am a novice gardener to be certain. This will be a learning experience for me and my family, but I hope in the end, I will have a thriving garden with its nutritious food to feed all four of us. (And perhaps extra to pass on to my friendly neighborhood neighbors.) My plan is to do raised bed gardening. I ordered one, (sigh... yes, just one for now) 4-by-8 foot cedar wood bed, 16.5 inches in depth, from But before we could set it up, the area had to be prepared. This is what I decided on.

weed barrier 
We laid down a weed barrier made from corn. Photo By Shelley Moore.