Saturday, April 17, 2010

My Garden - It's Complicated part 2

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
  • Stakes
  • 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.

  • Strawberries
  • basil
  • marigolds 
  • iceland poppies
  • brocoli
  • onions
  • artichoks
  • thyme
  • nasturtiums 
  • 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...???


  1. It looks great! Well done!
    Though the planting season is way over here in Australia as we sink deeper into Autumn, I am casting my memory back to early Spring (September).

    I planted herbs of all kinds - one can never get too much really.. and Hungarian peppers. The rest was flowers of all kinds, but most got eaten by a gang of local snails.. :)
    I must say I didn't make a huge effort this season as I knew we'd leave the garden & house for two hole months when we went to Sweden (all of Dec and Jan).

    Next Spring I will make a greater effort.

    Good luck - hope all grows well.

    xx Charlotta

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    Thanks and see you soon!



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