First raised bed

Pick yourself up off the floor! Yes, I have several posts to publish today to catch everything up before I head off to tackle a big project this afternoon.

As promised, DS put together the first raised bed for our garden. We are trying to put in 2-3 raised beds this year as well as a full regular garden. Over the next few years, we will most likely keep adding raised beds until that is all we have. DD and DS are getting older and DS will be heading off to college in the next 2-3 years so while I will still be canning and freezing, I won’t have as much help or as much need to have such a huge garden and raised beds will allow me to do it a wee bit easier.

This morning I was finally able to plant in the first one, as DH had sprayed the garden with weed killer yesterday right next to where I wanted to plant, so I held off planting. He will till the main garden area this Sunday, I hope. 20160505_111604

Dirt and compost will be put in the remaining concrete blocks along with marigold seeds. There are garlic plants that were transferred from the garden on the edges and in the filled holes.It is hoped that these will keep pests and bugs down. Under the containers at the top are tomato plants. I did not have enough covers for all and these will come off in a few days anyway. All of these plants were started from seed. Some are bigger than others, but all are being given a chance. There are three tomato plants at the top that are not covered and then the three pepper plants across are jalapeños. In the foreground are two Roma tomato plants and right behind them next to the jalapeños is a Roma tomato on the left and a tomatillo on the right. Only one of my tomatillos did anything and it is small so hopefully it will survive. I also planted some shallots around the edges.

We are hoping to put in lettuce, okra, carrots, beets, kale, spinach, cabbage, green beans, zucchini, yellow summer squash, cucumbers, and onions in the main garden area. That should be tilled and ready to plant this next Sunday.

We are still hoping to add 1-2 more raised beds this summer, however they cost about $75 each to put in and we have many projects that also need doing. For sure we will put in one more and will grow watermelon and honey dew melons in it. If we are able to put in a third one, we will move our two blueberry bushes and the blackberry bush to it as they are still very small and need a better environment for growing.

Other projects to be completed include:

  • extending the current chicken coop out further with more roosts and maybe more nesting boxes for all the new chickens that we will merge into the main flock in another month or two
  • building a storage shed at the back of our property to free up space in the garage to eventually build work benches and cabinets w/shelving
  • replacing the window in DS’s room
  • painting the house inside and out
  • replacing the back door and faux door next to it with an energy-saving sliding door
  • trimming back the bushes in the front yard and eventually planting new currant hedges

And this doesn’t include the regular day-to-day projects for maintenance of the property. Oh the joys of homeownership! And yes, I’m glad we have it and can choose how to manage it all. We are most blessed!


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I wear multiple hats: wife of 25+ years, mother, chauffeur/riding companion to DD22 and DS17, daughter/daughter-in-law, crafter, home engineer and too many others to list.
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5 Responses to First raised bed

  1. I am loving it. Its going to be awesome. Have fun!!

  2. Looks like a nice easy way to make raised beds. We are trying a pallet garden this year.

    • We have been looking at various types of gardens too as we don’t need as much space any more. I will be interested in hearing how your pallet garden works out.

  3. Loretta Oliver says:

    This is how we did our raised bed this year, too. The concrete blocks were the easiest solution and I like that I can use the small openings for herbs and things. I put a compost bin in the middle of mine to drain right into the garden, so we’re experimenting a little 😉

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