Vegetable Garden


Sue-Head-ShotI have been buggin' the hubby since we moved into our little home, that I'd like a vegetable garden. He thinks they make the yard look "messy" plus with the small-ish backyard we have, we wanted to keep open for the kids to have room to play.  

One morning a few weeks ago he asked me, out of the blue, if I'd like him to make me a raised bed for vegetables. To which I responded, "hell yes!" (okay maybe I didn't say that exactly, but I was in bed and he woke me up so I did nod). We got lucky with landscaping timbers on sale, loaded up, and one Friday night we got to work.  

He was cutting to size, I was drilling it together. The kids were trying to "help" which inevitable slowed the process a bit. All in all it didn't take us too long before a lovely raised bed started to emerge. We made it 6 ft long by 3 ft wide. It turned out awesome! 

After some discussion about the location of where this new bed should go - we opted for next to our back deck. Here it wouldn't get too much sun, but enough, and it wouldn't be in the middle of yard. An added bonus is that it would also be easier to mow around.  

The next day I retrieved enough compost and potting soil to fill the newly built bed, and began the arduous task of clearing away some landscaping stones and rock, to which the kids helped as well. In order to move this monster (it was freaking heavy) I had my lil man steer his red wagon, while my daughter and I placed the front of the bed on the wagon and we hefted the back together. We made the 50 ft from the back of the garage to the beds new resting place without too much drama (although my lil man did try to steer us wrong a couple of times), and placed it accordingly. After getting it leveled out a bit with the hubby's helped, the kids and I began to fill it up. 

That complete, we figured out where my newly purchased vegetables and seeds where going to go, and my daughter and I got it all planted and watered. TADA!! 

7/1/2012 1:04:42 AM

Sue, welcome back. You have been gone far too long. Life happens, huh? I too take media breaks when it just gets too much. I'm delighted to see you back blogging at GRIT again. I was excited that you let you kids help with the process even though it slowed you down. Memories are being built for them that will last a lifetime. It doesn't matter that you have planted late. Sometimes the plants like it better and grow faster when planted at a later time. I am trying a new plant date for my zucchini. I read an article that if they were planted in July which about six weeks later then most folks plant them here that the dreaded vine borer won't be a problem because their egg laying cycle is long over. So we will see about that. Raised beds are best in the back yard. I have five in my back yard. Have a great day in the garden.

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