Summer Gardening Series: The Planning and Planting


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?


About simplemotherhood

My name is Irina. I blog over at about the joys and challenges of motherhood, our love of travel and how we manage to travel all around the world with 3 children. I also love reading, saving money, and everything from gardening, healthy living, and frugality to scrapbooking, menu planning, and tea parties. I enjoy decorating, organizing, and homeschooling my children.
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3 Responses to Summer Gardening Series: The Planning and Planting

  1. Pingback: Summer Gardening Series: The Early Challenges | The Joys of Simple Motherhood

  2. Diana P. says:

    That looks so wonderful!! I’m wanting to do a raised garden as well…hopefully it can get done next spring. Did you have to do anything except build the frame and then just put soil down? Or did it need some other base?


    • simplemotherhood says:

      It was a lot of work, but I think it was worth it. It’s a joy to see things grow. Stan built the frames (we bought the kits, but you can build your own, if you look up directions online), and before we put the soil down, we put down the grass killer, than some carboard and newspapers (to make sure that grass didn’t come through somehow) and then filled with soil.


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