Who doesn’t love fresh vegetables from a garden?? Yummy! Well, I decided to try and learn how to build a garden. The last couple of years I planted a few vegetables and herbs in patio pots, but this year, I am going all out! So where do you begin? Thank goodness for the internet and Pintrest. I found everything I needed to know!
First, I had to figure out how much space I had to work with. In my back yard, I get at least six hours of full sun and could fit about a 10 x 10 garden. I don’t want anything that big, but I decided to visit my local Home Depot to look for ideas. I was going to buy the wood and build my own frame, but then I saw this handy dandy 4 x 8 Cedar Raised Garden Kit by Greenes. Perfect. It was easy to assemble and the wood was rot and insect resistant. Of course it was a little more than I wanted to spend at $90, but it’s going to last forever, right! I went home and assembled it in 10-15 minutes. Easy instructions. Phew! : )
Secondly, I had to level it out and place it in my garden area. I wanted to keep my sod, so I dug up all the sod and placed it around my lawn that had low or grass-less areas. I took out some of my edging and incorporated my frame into my landscaping. I googled soil for garden and found a layering system in the picture below. A friend of mine told me about a local recycling area called SOCRRA. They have free compost if you’re a Rochester Hills resident. Whoo Hoo! I love FREE!! (It’s a small fee of $10 for non-residents) Well how am I going to load it? hmmm. Well I took a bunch of bins and garbage cans and filled up my Jeep a few times. I have enough compost for my flower gardens around my entire yard!
Next, we decided to plant some seeds indoor to get started. I found this kit at Home Depot called Jiffy Greenhouse. The kids loved getting dirty and planting the seeds. Now almost 2 weeks later, we have plants!! Now they are ready to be planted. But its May 13th and we have a chance of frost this weekend, so we will have to wait. : (
Finally the weather has cooperated and all of my seeds are planted. The fence is up to keep out the rabbits and deer. I planted, pumpkins, peppers, carrots, kale, tomatoes, strawberries, blue berries, and zucchini. Now bring on the veggies!
Picture from 5-23-16 6-4-16 and 6-22-16