In the four years we have lived in this house, I have always wanted a vegetable garden. Like really, really, reeeeally wanted one.
In our previous home, my dad and I planted a beautiful big garden, and we watched it grow in anticipation of the deliciousness in store for us. And then literally in ONE night, some beast of an animal (I think a raccoon) came in and destroyed our beautiful garden. It looked like a tornado went through our garden.
It was devastating, and I never had the energy/enthusiasm to plant another garden at that house.
The first year we moved into this house, I tried to plant a small garden, and it was like the hottest, driest summer in a hundred years (I may be exaggerating just a little bit,) and my poor little garden was a pitiful, dry mess.
So for the past three years, I have been just dreaming about a garden, until now!
Now, I have a beautiful Raised Bed Garden!
Isn’t it great?!
Remember when I told you about my plans last month?
Well, I used the step by step plans and videos from Craftsy and Lowe’s to build my garden beds.
If you have ever wanted to build a raised garden bed but didn’t have the confidence to try it, these courses will definitely solve that problem! Lowe’s has teamed up with Craftsy to bring you online classes and materials to help build your skills and inspire you to grow something great. YOU CAN DO THIS!
I was able to print out the supply list and take it directly to Lowe’s with me so I knew exactly what to get.
I also watched several of the very helpful videos on how to build the beds, what type of soil to use, how to plant your vegetables, and even irrigation. I’m one of those people who like to watch exactly how someone did something on a video. Are you?
Jonathan and I went to Lowe’s one day to get all of our supplies. Some of the pressure treated lumber was pretty heavy, so it definitely helps to have an extra hand. I love that my boys are getting to an age where they can help me with the heavy lifting. :)
Jonathan built all five our garden beds all by himself.
Then Eli helped him line the beds to keep the grass and weeds out.
I love that this is something the whole family can work on together. We used organic soil from Lowe’s, and it took a ton of bags to fill up our garden beds. I am so glad I didn’t have to do this by myself. Jonathan dumped the bags of soil, and Luke raked them smooth.
There are a lot of critters on our property, so we put a fence up to keep them out.
I am eventually going to fill up the spaces between our garden beds with gravel and add some pretty flowering plants along the outside of our fence.
We still have some more planting to do, but so far we have strawberries, tomatoes, green beans, peppers, cauliflower, lettuces, and herbs.
I’ve planted 6 tomato plants, and I plan on planting two more cherry tomato plants.
We also got some squash and cucumbers, but I haven’t planted those yet. I think I am going to make some dirt mounds in the space between the beds and the coop to plant those.
We connected our garden fence to our coop fence to save some time and money. I love seeing my garden right next to my coop. It makes me feel all homestead-y and old school. :)
We have 8 chickens, and I am looking forward to some great fresh eggs in the future!
The boys and I are super excited about the strawberries! We already have a few popping up!
It is going to be so fun watching our garden grow. I am hoping to can some tomatoes and green beans this fall, but I have never done that before. My sweet “gift-mom,” Janet is going to show me how.
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*This post was sponsored by my favorite home improvement store, Lowe’s. All opinions and ideas are 100% mine.