We have been so busy around here the past few weeks, and one of those reasons is because we have started a new garden on our property!
We moved here after the spring planting season last year, so I had to wait til this year to start my new garden. I am NOT a gardener, but I desperately want to be, so I have to start sometime, right?!
For the location of our garden, we decided we wanted it next to our chicken coop on top of our hill. This is where we hope to build our home someday. I had originally planned to plant right in the ground, but we have very difficult dirt in our area. It has a TON of rocks in it (big ones,) and it is hard and full of clay. It was have taken us FOREVER to remove all the rocks, and we would have to do a ton of amending to the soil, so we decided to get raised garden beds instead.
Adam and Eli were a huge help with my garden. They helped me put all the garden beds together.
These are the garden beds I chose off of Amazon…
Click on the pictures above, and it will take you to Amazon to view the garden beds. ❤️
We went to a local mulch company here in our town to get soil to fill up our garden beds. It took 6 truckloads to fill them all up!
Again, Eli and Adam were a huge help to me! Thank you, Lord, for giving me all these boys. 😂
We had one of our good friend’s son, Gray, helping us out one day too. It was a lot of work starting this garden from scratch.
Under and around all of the garden beds, we layered cardboard boxes.
Several Gardners I follow on instagram have done this and said that it helps a ton with weed control. So Sania and I spent a couple weeks popping in to Lowe’s and Dollar General grabbing broken down boxes when we could. It took us a while, but we got it covered!👊🏼. I think it will be worth the extra work.
We went to the same company to get mulch for around our garden beds. The were out of the cheaper walking much that I was going to buy, so they gave me the more expensive “playground” mulch for the same price. WOOT! I was so excited. 🥳
The boys used our ATV to get the mulch around the garden beds. When they were done, I could finally see my garden coming together, and I LOVED it!
Before I could plant anything in my garden beds, we needed a fence to keep the critters out. I would have loved to have just installed a 4 foot fence, but we have a lot of deer up on top of our hill. We decided our fence should be at least 6 feet high to deter them from jumping over and gobbling everything up.
So Adam and Luke used an auger to drill some holes for our fence poles, and then Adam built me a beautiful fence.
It was a little tricky because our new garden is on a slope and uneven ground, but Adam did a great job!
We used welded fence wire from Tractor supply to put on our fence.
We also got two 4 x 16 ft cattle panels from Tractor Supply to create an arched trellis for our green beens to grow up on! This is my favorite part of my new garden.
I’m hopin’ and a prayin’ that the beans grow up to create a beautiful leafy tunnel for me to walk through, similar to this….
So what do you think?
Do you have any great garden tips or advice for me? I need it!
I’ve been asking my dad for advice too because he has become quite the gardener over the years. ❤️ I got to see his beautiful garden when we went home to Kentucky on Mother’s Day weekend. It was so good to spend time with him and my brother and sister. (But we sure missed Mom! She would be so proud of Dad’s garden.)
We have planted some vegetables in our garden, and I will be sharing with you the progress in my next garden post. I’m having so much fun with it all!
Have a blessed day, friends!