We had a good sized raised garden at our old house- 10′ x 12′- that we loved, but since moving two years ago, we hadn’t had time to put one in.
For Mother’s Day, I asked Keith if we could put a new garden in- and he said yes! We built raised bed boxes from pine fencing boards, modifying a plan from Ana White’s website. We decided to make 4′ x 6′ boxes as opposed to a big giant square like we had at our old house to make it easier to access the middle of the gardens.
I actually assembled two of the three! This girl knows how to use a drill. A saw, not so much. Keith did all the cuts. I’d like to keep all my fingers, thankyouverymuch. We do all of our projects after the kids are in bed, so in usual fashion it took us forever to finish- three weeks from purchasing material to completion, although we did have puke-pocalypse in the middle so we basically lost a week of our lives…. Anyways, we had a night time installation. #parenthood
We did not remove the grass before adding dirt- we covered it with several layers of newspaper to smother it. Much less work, just as effective, and considerably cheaper than using weed matting.
I am a garden nerd, so I sketched out a diagram of where we would plant everything that the kids and I had picked out. I purchased zucchini, celery, tomatoes, lettuce, eggplant, cauliflower, brussell sprouts, and broccoli plants. We planted peas, green and purple beans, radishes, rainbow carrots, danver carrots, summer squash, spinach, swiss chard, and mesclun mix from seed.
After some great sunny and hot days, this is what it looked like after a week!
Today marks almost three weeks, and look how everything has sprouted! I even have a teeny cauliflower!We are looking forward to the rest of the growing season! I always find it amazing how you can plant a little seed and with the right conditions, it will grow and produce fruit to feed your family.