Friday, July 19, 2013

Veggie Garden

Ever since I saw Callie's small raised bed, I've been wanting to try my hand at a vegetable garden as well.  When I was growing up, we always had a garden and I have good memories of green beans and such growing out in the plot.  To till up a whole garden plot has always been a bit too overwhelming to me, but a raised bed seems so much more manageable somehow.

I have been doing a little research online and pinning pictures and instructions.  You can see my Gardening 101 board here.   (I don't know what happened to the "embed" feature of Pinterest, but it suddenly got much more complicated and so these are just "cut and pasted". )
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Ron agreed to help me build the frame, so I ordered some Cedar boards.  I thought about using fence planks, as described in several of the articles (much cheaper), but the area I had available was too long for a fence post and I really wanted 8" sides instead of 6".   The boards were more expensive than fence planks, but I know the cedar will last much longer than regular lumber and it looks better, too, so we splurged.

This weekend, with items on our "to do list" being checked off one by one, we decided to put together the frame.   Ron did a great job measuring and cutting and being sure everything was square.  I pretty much just watched or held boards still.

We cut the stakes out of a 2x4 and screwed them in place on the outside of the frame.

There was a beautiful sunset while we worked.

After pounding it into the ground the next day(Ron did that part without me---the ground was so hard from lack of rain), it was ready to be filled with dirt.   Ron brought all the bags of topsoil and compost around for me (which was a pleasant surprise), so that the next morning I could fill and mix it.

It took a lot of bags, and it was hard to mix it, but I finally got the bed filled and ready for planting.

Don't you love the brand of products??  Hopefully, the seeds we sow will grow into "hapi" plants!

I need to finalize my plans and get some seeds in the ground.  Maybe we'll do some of that this weekend while the grandkids are here!
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JJB said...

Oh yay!
I, too, was inspired by Callie's garden, and now I can add yours to the inspiration list. Now I just have to motivate myself to do something about it.

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