Hello everyone! Its a beautiful Spring day! It feels like summer to me because my boys are out of school, but Summer does not officially start for a few more weeks. My hubby and I have been trying to finalize our home garden project for a while now, but there has been rain every weekend ugh. Finally we got it done, and I am very excited to share with you all :)
Below are the steps we took and what you need to create your raised garden bed. At the end of this post there is a slideshow re-cap of it all..Enjoy!
- Some type of raised Garden Bed kit. Some people rather do it themselves, but we absolutely loved the clean look of the Costco White Vinyl Raised Bed kit. It was super easy to put together, and shipped to us in a few days. Click to check it out. Side note: We did have to purchase some metal stakes because we wanted the garden bed to be held down firmly. We also combined both of the beds into one long one.
- 20 bags of Raised Bed & Potting Mix ( I know it seems like a lot but according to the cubic feet my husband calculated 15 bags, but then we had to go back for 5 more.. so just go ahead and buy the 20 all at once if you can). The most cost effective one for us was Kellogg Garden Organics from Home Depot, click to check it out.
- Weed Block Film, I am sure there are many brands and types but we used Vigoro Weedblock Film from Home Depot.
- A few garden tools, such as a rake, shovel, gloves, hose etc. I am sure most of you have these tools, if you don't, i found some work gloves at the dollar tree, and other garden tools at my local ALDI for $3 each.
- Some garden fertilizer. This is totally optional, but after lots of research we chose to add Dr. Earth fertilizer to our soil, and then periodically feed the crops with Miraclegro Liquafeed.
- Lastly you need crops! We bought green, yellow, red and jalapeño peppers, herbs, many types of tomatoes, and some strawberries to transplant We also sowed many seeds- cabbage, french onions, carrots, beets, spinach, cauliflower and lettuce. We bought from our local garden centers, no place specifically. Ok now you are have everything to get started- So exciting...!
Once you have everything you are ready to get started!
Here are the steps we took:
1. Decide where you want to build your raised garden. Make sure it is an area that gets full morning sun (preferably), although crops can thrive with full afternoon sun also. Once you build your garden bed, (with stakes if you are using them) proceed to rake the grass out within the bed and level it out evenly.
2. Lay down your weed block film. Right after you do this water on top of the weed block film to start the moisture going for the soil that will be laid down.
3. Add 6 bags of raised bed potting mix, then with a rake even it out and water thoroughly.
4. Add 4 bags of raised bed potting mix, then repeat rake, mix while watering thoroughly.
5. Add the remainder of the bags of raised bed potting mix, and repeat the same raking, mixing and watering process. You may add in fertilizer in this layer if you choose to.
6. Lay out your veggies/fruits in the pattern you want to plant them. Make sure you follow the planting instructions to see how far apart or deep they need to be.
7. Start digging and transplanting! If you are just using seeds follow the sowing instructions on the seed packets. We did half planted veggies and half seeds in our garden bed :)
8. Last step is to water everything. Lightly water everything if you have seeds to not wash them away, but normally water the planted veggie plants.
9. Take a drink of something ice cold- you are all done!! Yay.. sit back and enjoy your hard work :) We just got our first little hybrid tomato today :).
Things I learned along the way..
1. Have lots of patience and be very hydrated. This was labor intensive and especially in the bright sun, make sure you have some music, H2O and at least another person helping you. We had to take 3 trips to the garden center in the same day. Started at 8am until very late!
2. It is an investment for sure. I started buying veggies here and there and had them on the patio. Then we bought the raised garden bed, then we bought all the soil and fertilizer on the day of the project. It can get pricey all together! The garden bed should last at least 5 years, and the soil can be reused at least 2-3 years.. so its not like you have to buy 20 bags of garden bed mix every year. Seeds are always cheaper, but since we started this late in the season I couldn't use all seeds.
3. With lots of sadness, we had to cut some branches off our oak tree to give the garden bed some more direct sunlight. Location is super important because you want your plants to grow with lots of sun and water!
4. I need to make some naming stakes for each veggie. For now I left the little tags that come from the garden center. That will be very economical. Probably write on Popsicle sticks or something- will not spend money on it. And we know where put each type of seeds, so once they grow I will label those.
5.. I am truly a Peruvian mountain-woman. I find so much peaceful joy in gardening! lol And I am so so grateful I have a husband who supports my love for gardening; he loves gardening too!
Slide Show Recap
Below is a slide show of the whole process. Please excuse my appearance; pictures are evidence of the work I put in lol. It is a blessing to be able to share these type of projects with loved ones, everything that grows will be grown with love :)
Thank you everyone for stopping by and reading this fun project! If any of you try this or have any questions just reach out to me! Hopefully I will be posting another DIY project soon!