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I had to revamp our garden this year, so I decided this would be a great opportunity to share the process if you are interested in organizing your raised bed garden.
Before Raised Bed Garden
It is not a big garden, as you can see, but it produces a lot of food throughout the season. We only have a space for a 4-foot by 4-foot area. Here is the before picture.
Easy Vegetables to use for the Garden
I first made a list of the plants I wanted in the garden. From past experience, these were easy to grow and maintain:
- Swiss Chard
- Romaine Lettuce
- Banana Peppers
- String Beans
Because it was early in the season, I was able to find these veggies too. I am so excited to see how they turn out.
- Broccolini - I have no clue how this one will grow. We shall see.
- Sweet Peppers
Supplies for the Raised Bed Garden
I rather buy plants at a garden center that are ready to plant than grow from seeds. I did it a few years when I started, but it really didn't work for me.
Then, we purchased 19 bags of 1 cubic foot of soil. Why did I purchase that many small bags, you may be wondering?
- The gardening kit needed 19 cubic feet of soil for the entire unit. And we used every last one of them.
- The local gardening store was running a really good deal on this site. It was even cheaper than the Wholesale store I go to.
- The bags were easier to manage. The large two cubic-foot bags are really hard and heavy to carry.
This is the kit we purchased from Amazon. Greenes 4 Ft. X 4 Ft. X 21 In. Tiered Cedar Raised Garden BedMiracle Gro MGSPA38100FM Premium Bulk Soaker Hose Kit with EZ Connect Fittings, ⅜-Inch by 100-Feet You can buy both from Amazon.
How to assemble this raised bed garden
It was such a great day on Saturday that we started the project.
First, we took apart the old garden. It was quite easy since the older one was falling apart.
Then, we added the soil for the entire first layer.
We need to fill the entire area with dirt before moving to the next level. We used thick liners to help keep weeds out. We cut it larger so as to overlay the sides. Then, we stapled it around the sides of the unit.
Run the soaker hose
Before moving on to the next level, we needed to run the soaker hose under the unit. We figured that the bottom would be where we cap the end to allow for gravity to help the water move. So, we capped the end and then ran the hose under the second-level wood before filling in the second level. Then we did the same thing for the third level before filling it with soil.
Fill in with dirt
After we finished all the laying of the hoses, filing in the dirt, and then capping the end of the hose with an adapter for the actual hose, we cut around the edge of the levels to remove any excess liner. An Exacto knife worked best to do this. We had some extra layers that needed to be cut back, so we used scissors for the corners. We then added the corners by screwing in the caps. That is it.
After Raised Bed Garden.
And here is the final picture. I loved it, and I am going to enjoy all the vegetables to come.
Note: The baskets hold our cherry and plum tomato plants. This is the first time I am using our vertical planters that I created last summer, so we will see how it works. I shared it on HomeTalk.com. Here is the link if you want to check out how I made it.
All in all, we are really pleased with the outcome and hope the garden survives for many years.
Here is the before and after photo of organizing the raised bed garden:
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Do you have a garden? What plants do you like to grow in your garden? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.