After a long bloggy break, I am finally back and ready to blog again. We’ve been busy this past spring, and the summer is not promising to be any less busy, but I wanted to share our raised garden bed gardening adventures with all of you. Like I mentioned in this post, in the past we’ve tried every single year, albeight unsuccessfully, to put in a regular garden, and sadly nothing would grow. And not for the lack of trying. Just something about the soil here, being all clay and rocks, as well as lack of sunshine in the spots we’ve picked out for the garden before, and of course, unfriendly little critters, would not allow any produce to grow, even if it would happen to sprout.
This year we decided to put in the raised garden bed. We knew that this would be quite an expense, and all upfront too, but decided that if we are going to bother wasting our time putting the garden in at all, we might as well do it correctly. In the second half of May my sweet husband (with the help of 2 little helpers) assembled and installed our new garden beds. I drew up the charts to scale, planning out what should go where. Both little boys were super excited to get their own little garden bed. We told them they could plant anything they wanted in it, but they would have to be the ones taking care of it, weeding it, watering it, etc. Even those “harsh” conditions couldn’t dampen their spirits 🙂
We went to one of the local nurseries and bought a lot of small plants (more than we were planning to). I could say, we got a little excited and carried away. And then… we had to find space to put it all. 🙂 Some of the plants had to even go into our Topsy Turvy Upside down planters (of which I didn’t even get a picture yet).
Here are some pictures of the garden as it was being put in about a month ago:
- Little plants waiting to be planted
- My older son Edward is excited to plant the tomatoes!
- My younger son Connor is not any less excited about the cucumbers, which he loves to eat!
- Connor is helping plant
- Original garden layout plans
- Edward with the tomato he planted in his garden bed
- Both boys are helping plant together
- Young cucumbers
And here’s what the garden ended up looking like on the day we put it in (before the fence was installed)
- Our garden
- Boys’ garden bed
- Little tiny new plants
Tomorrow I will share a bit about the challenges we’ve encountered during this past month, so be sure to come back and check out my new post! How has your summer been?