So here we are part 2.. My husband was nice enough to clear a little space for me in the back of our garden. (Note the ugly wall) We really need some help out here but that is for another series of posts. I decided to use this space between the apple tree and the white birch simply because it gets some shade in the afternoon. I know that veggies are supposed to get full sun but in the summer here it gets so hot in the afternoon I am afraid that things would burn up. So now that I have a spot I must begin to build my little raised planter.
- I bought the wood at Home Depot and had them cut it in the store for me so I was ready to go when I got back.
- Weed blocker
- Organic Soil
- News paper (had to borrow this - we don't get the paper)
- Nails/Hammer or screws/drill
So I put this thing together by laying out the weed blocker first and then built it on top of that. I opted for the hammer and nail approach, because my hands are not strong enough to get the screws in at that angle.
I put in the stakes and the news paper (I am not sure of the newspapers purpose but that is what I was told to do). The bed is only 6" high so I am not planting a lot of carrots in there but this was to see if I could even grow anything. Next to fill this baby with dirt. I bought organic soil (5-6 bags), a batch of organic compost from my worm composter and a bag of organic potting soil.
Now you are ready to plant your goodies..
This was hard for me. I really had to think of what my family would actually eat and I wanted it to look pretty. I know it is a little box jammed up against the wall in the back of my garden but I imagined so much more you know. A beautiful raised bed potager garden.. with flowers veggies and herbs.. So onto what we actually planted.
- iceland poppies
- green beans
- various lettuces from seed
Down the way a bit we also planted additional strawberries under our fruit trees and blueberry bushes.
So we are hopeful to have a lot of wonderful meals with fresh food from our new garden. It has been a while and I will give you updates periodically on how we are doing. I would love to hear what you are growing...???