Monday, April 11, 2011

Let the Gardening Season Begin

Planting conditions and ground availability are poor at my condo but we are not letting that stop us from having a garden this year. We considered container gardening but decided on a simpler and less expensive solution:

raised planting bed

We constructed a raised planting bed from scrap wood and filled it with a combination of top soil and garden soil. I will also be adding some composted manure and then we will be ready to plant our first garden. I'm sure these babies will be happy in their new outdoor home.

In case you're wondering, the raised planting bed measures 4'x4'x1' and the posts on each corner were left uncut in case we need to attach netting to keep out birds and/squirrels.

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  1. awesome! Hubby and I are in the beginning stages of setting up our own garden too! What do you plan on growing??

  2. @Ash I have seeds started for purple gypsy tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, pickles, zucchini, sicilian cauliflower, eggplant, and a bunch of herbs. The seeds for radishes and swiss chard are going right in the ground this week. I'm probably getting in over my head for my first garden but I have faith.

  3. My husband and I had similar gardening obstacles with our first garden: budget and soil--well, our soil issue wasn't as much soil quality as it was the fact that we don't have a yard! A little elbow grease and a handy husband go a long way, don't they?
    P.S. Love your blog and your Pinterest boards!

  4. Thanks for the post Michelle.
    I´ve been thinking about a similar solution, lots of my clients want to have nice gardens, but the planting and ground conditions are just unsatisfactory. This look pretty well,not too expensive, not too dificult to build. Do you think that it will hold together for a longer time ??

  5. @Elli Davis Ellie, I don't expect my planting box to last more than two seasons which is fine for us since we will probably be moving by that time. For a more permanent garden solution I would suggest constructing raised planting beds out a more rot resistant wood like cedar.

  6. @mylatestexcuse Thank you so much for the love and you're right a little elbow grease can solve most obstacles.