Plant a garden, why don't ya?

Monday, May 17, 2010

So, 2 weekends ago one of our "family" long-term dreams was realized---we planted an organic vegetable garden!! My hubby and I have been literally pining for this for years...and we finally did it...with help from the in-laws! But really, it is super easy and I am now a firm believer that everyone should try it!
It's pretty simple--- Get some 2 x 4s and screw them together. We lined ours with plastic because we used reclaimed pressure treated wood...and although the really deadly stuff isn't used on wood anymore, I'm very particular about chemicals and so I figured better safe than poisoned...
Like so:

Literally, put them on the ground, stacked them and screwed them together. We did have to do a little digging to level it out so the entire bottom actually touched the ground.

20 bags of topsoil and 1 bag of humus (dig the hole, put in some humus, then the plant), 12 veggie plants later and your got yourself a garden!! We planted okra, cucumbers, banana peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupe and watermelon. I am in LOVE with this garden. It was sooo much easier than we thought it would be...I wished we would've done it much sooner!

We have some things still in pots ready to transplant soon. These are from seeds, planted about 3 weeks ago? We just need another raised bed to plant them in now.
Beans--look how tall they are??!! Amazing! I swear, they grow an inch or two a day! (They have cute little chalkboard paint labels...unfortunately it rained and they washed off. Fun idea, but not practical for an outdoor plant.)

Butternut Squash---also from seed.

And I'm telling you, I'm not known for being a green-thumb at all...but I really want to be! It's working out so far. I'll post pics as soon as there is something to harvest...hopefully there actually will be!!

Next garden-related project: composter! Hubby has found plans on Instructables. Love that website!
I also want an herb garden...I'm totally obsessed now, can you tell??


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