This Spring, I decided to go a different route and try my hand at raised beds.
My sweet, handyman of a husband built these awesome beds and I am already loving them!
I like the rustic look of these beds…rusty tin recycled from the ranch, and rough-hewn cedar lumber.
I’m hoping, by having smaller, raised beds, I’ll have larger output of vegetables.
The plan is to use these beds for herbs and more compact vegetable plants, while using the original garden plot for corn, beans, squash and watermelons.
You know, the plants that like to wonder and spread out.
Okay…I do plan to put a couple green and purple pole beans in these boxes to climb on the trellis.
I love having a pretty trellis in the garden, even in raised beds.
(See our sweet pet cows and donkey?!)
(Have I told you ThrillCam doesn’t really like it when I call them our pets?)
I’m sort of bummed I didn’t ask ThrillCam to take some “how-to” pictures for me.
Pictures would have shown how he put a floor about 18′ down, in each box, so we didn’t have to fill the entire box with dirt and compost.
And, believe you-me, we shoveled in plenty of dirt and compost!
I can’t imagine having to completely fill each box.
(Okay…HE shoveled the majority of the dirt…”and I helped!”)
(I really did shovel some! I have the very sore shoulders to prove it!!)
(Does it count that I’m the one who will tend to the garden, though?)
Actually, I think we make for a good team!
I’ll be sure to give updates on what veggies and herbs I’ve planted and how they do.
Happy Spring, y’all!
Right now, I’m seeing green!!
And, new growth!
And, right now, I see lots and lots of potential!!
While I claim the garden as my own, I have to give a shout-out to my main squeeze, ThrillCam.
Right now, he has supported my crazy idea to plant a rather large (for us, anyway) garden in our backyard.
(Unfortunately, I may not have chosen the very best location, as it took a TRACTOR to drill holes for the fence posts!)
Sing with me, “SOLID! SOLID AS A ROCK!…”
Even my youngest punk got in on the action:
It was short-lived, but I give him an A+ for effort!
(I’d never seen such a tool before! Apparently you slam it down to chisel the rock. I know this because I watched and observed. I’m good at that, watching and observing.)
ThrillCam even hauled over some hay bales for my homemade compost heap. (The hay is supposed to slowly break down along with the veggies and dirt to make yummy compost…eventually…next year.)
Right now, the weather is fantastic and it’s a pleasure to get out there and pull weeds, to get dirty.
Right now, the plants are happy and healthy, not withered and shriveling from the horrid Texas heat.
Right now, I look quite successful in my gardening adventures!
I’ll keep you posted.