Hey everyone! =) Anybody that has been following my blog since I have started knows that for years I have been planting veggie gardens and it has been a learning experience each year. This year I am pretty proud of myself with how much I have learned the last 8 years. I have to admit this seems to be the best year so far.
Last year my hubby bought me a small raised garden bed that was already made from someone down the road that makes them and with that one I have already started lettuce and broccoli. I decided this year that I wanted to grow even more and make a larger raised garden bed. So Mother’s Day weekend that’s what we did. =)
This is how we made a raised vegetable garden:
6 2 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft boards
- Hammer or Pick Axe
- Weed Block
- Garden Stakes (to hold Weed Blocker in place)
- Gardening Gloves
- 8 Patio Stepping Stones (4 red, 4 grey)
- Top Soil, Organic Compost, Manure
First off I chose a flat area that gets at least 6-8 hours of sun during the day. I also made sure to pick a location that wasn’t wet like some parts of land can get. I chose an area that has great soil and earthworms galore. =)
After finding that great location my husband put four of the boards together in a shape of square using the drill and screws. Note: (The screws have to be pretty long to go through both boards on each end). He then layed it put together in the exact spot and used a Pick Axe (you can always use a back of hammer as well) to outline while digging around the outer edge of the box. After that was done he moved the box out-of-the-way.
The whole family can get in on this part, it’s a lot of work so we took turns using the Pick Axe and shovel to break up the ground beneath. After the square outline was dug up; it was time to get rid of the grass and roots.
After all grass and roots were cleared out we put the square back in place and leveled the dirt inside. I packed dirt around the outside of the square as well. I then laid down weed blocker using garden stakes to hold it in place.
We then added the two other boards in the center to make a walkway so I could plant and harvest easier. Not to mention make it look pretty and unique. =) In between those two boards my husband put 8 Patio flat bricks down; 4 red and 4 grey alternating colors. After those were laid down it was time to dump all the bags of soil and organic compost into the box. We then leveled the dirt and got ready to plant.
With the box you can either start from seeds or seedlings whatever you choose.
I am very excited and pleased with this raised garden bed project. =) What kind of veggies do you grow in your garden?
Thanks for visiting WEMAKE7! Be sure to come back and visit to check on our garden. =)