This year has been another wet year here in Southwest Arkansas. This means for us our yard/garden has standing water. Every time the water dries up enough to till for the garden, more rain makes it’s way to our little part of the world. Don’t get me wrong, I love having the rain but it does make having a huge garden hard. Since we do look forward to eating fresh veggies out of our garden, we had to find a different way to make this happen. After much thought, looking on pinterest, and research the decision was made to do raised beds this year. Yes last year we had one raised bed (cinder blocks) but it was just not big enough and the extra soil I bought was not good for growing all we planted. This year we are using these.
I like to call them my tomato bed and my squash bed. As you can tell I didn’t following planting instructions. (Sorry Jessica. But do go check out her post about gardening
.) I wanted to make sure we planted enough for Glitter Bug to participate in the farmer’s market and still get our share of fresh veggies.
So these beds started as four 2x12x12 boards. Hubby and talked about it and figured 2 feet wide would allow plants room and still allow me to reach anywhere in the beds with ease. Hubby measured and cut 2 feet off each of the boards to make the ends. and screwed them together. The moving to the backyard was fun. (Thank goodness Hubby keeps things. He had a pair of wheels we used to roll them to their place.)
Next we had to fill them in with some kind of dirt. We chose top soil from Atwoods mostly because we are limited living in our small town but bonus because the top soil was on sale. I was glad it was because we ended up using 48 bags of top soil. Glitter Bug was even working hard dumping bags.
Here are what the final project looked like. A great part is since we didn’t make a place for the raised beds. We just put plastic down and the ground being lumpy the water doesn’t sit under the bed. Yay!
Our hands after getting all the dirt done. The family that gardens together has some of the best fun.
What do you have growing? Any plans for a garden? Please share in the comments.
Until we next meet,
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