Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mary Mary Quiet Contrary...

How does your garden grow??

Well, here is how mine grows.

This year the husband and I (with a little help from Lotte) made and planted our first raised garden bed.

We started out with 2x12 untreated lumber.  We bought a 16 foot plank and a 10 foot plank.  Our local "Blue" store cut the 16 footer in half and the 10 footer into two 4 foot planks.

We used brackets (two in each corner) and screws to put the box together.  As you can see by the picture, we put our box on our back "car port".  It is outside the fence so our puppies wouldn't be tempted to dig.

Then we drilled holes (with a 1" drill bit) into the bottom of the box.  We wanted pretty good drainage because it is sitting on concrete, so we have about a dozen holes around the bottom.

We lined the box with weed repellant tarp.

And we filled it with top soil from our local Market Basket.

We wanted there to be a way for the tomatoes and peas to grow UP so we added three posts along the back side and strung chicken wire between the posts.

We put the kiddos to work early in this house!

We had a ton of fun spending the afternoon building our box.

Tomorrow, I'll show you what we planted and how it is doing!


  1. That's so great! I hope that you get a lot of good veggies this year! I would love to do a full raised bed at some point ;).

    - Angela

  2. Stopping by from SITS - 31DBB. I saw the title of your blog and just loved it, so I had to come check it out. We put them to work young in my house, too. I have found at this young age they really like to help, it is when they get older not so much. I have a preteen and a toddler.

    BTW, I have thought about putting a garden like this one together. You make it look fun.

  3. I sooooo wanted to do this this year. thanks for sharing how you put it together.


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