Project Grow Our Own Food: Raised Garden Bed Reveal


It took 2 wheelbarrows, 5 people, and 4 hours to move 7 yards of top soil from our driveway to the raised garden bed in our backyard....


As much as I would love to take credit for this beautiful garden, 'J' was definitely the project manager for this large undertaking. From doing the engineered drawings to ordering all the materials, 'J' spent a lot of his spare time getting this garden ready over the past month.

How Much Did it Cost?
I am going to be honest - this garden was not exactly cheap. We estimate we spent close to $500 on all the materials + all the time a labour we put into it. But, it's a small price to pay in order to get the freshest, healthiest vegetables possible. Nothing excites me more than the idea of being able to walk out to the backyard when I need a pepper, or tomato, or some fresh herbs!


Next Steps + An "Oopsie"
With the structure built and filled, we still need to plant our seedlings, which you might remember we started back in April. After a little mishap earlier this month (exposing the plants to direct sunlight for too long - oopsie), we lost a lot of the seeds we started germinating, so Saturday morning 'J' and I also headed to a local, organic seedling sale to purchase some plants that didn't germinate... peppers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, dill, chives, cilantro, parsley, and asian lettuces - just to name a few.

Now that we have almost everything we need, I can't wait to get these things planted & growing!

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10 comments:

  1. Do you any updates to your garden?? Pictures? I'd like to see how everything is coming along since planting....thinking of starting one of my own. Thanks!

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  2. I'd really like to do this design for my own garden. What are the dimensions?

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  3. Thanks for your interest Casey! The long sides are 15ft long and a little over 3ft wide. The wide connector piece at the back is 8ft wide. The sides are 24 inches tall. Hope that helps!

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  4. The raised beds look wonderful. What kind of wood did you use?

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  5. Did the dirt need to be that deep? Could you have put a divider half way up?

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  6. Now this year, take out half the dirt and mix in non stained wood chips.you'll be amazed at what difference it will make. Don't forget some chicken liter for nitrogen.

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  7. Should have used cedar ,or fake wood lined with fiberglass panels,with 1/4" wire on bottom to keep out gophers and other diggers

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  8. Would have put rock in bottom for good drainage!

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  9. Awesome. I would have to do a small one.

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