Sunday, May 6, 2012

Our First Garden

Hello everyone!

My husband has completed our garden now.  So, I thought I would share with you the steps he took to get it that way.  In a previous post, I showed you the materials and soils he would be using.  Now, here is the plan in action!

First, he built the frame.


Then, he measured out the size of the frame onto the ground and edged that area.


Next, he removed the grass inside the edged area.


Now, you can see that all of the grass has been removed.  Oops!  He almost nicked our TV cable.  That was a close call.


It looks like we're digging a grave or something!  Now, the frame has been put in place.  He had to level it out (because he wanted it perfect).


                    We chose our vegetables to plant and bought them at a nursery.


While they were waiting to be planted, he filled the frame with soil and all the conditioners etc. that was needed.


As you can see, he made rows for the vegetables.  I thought he should just leave the soil level, but he said he that this method would ensure a better crop.  I guess we'll soon find out!  Ha!

Finally, the vegetables were planted, making sure to leave plenty of room around them for growth.


He added a little seven dust to keep the bugs out too.

Here is what we planted:

Sweet Pepper
Jalapeno Pepper
Poblano Pepper
Hot Banana Pepper
Okra
Squash
Cucumber
Tomato
Carrot

This should be plenty for us!  We made sure to place the garden in a very sunny spot and bought a new hose to reach it so we could keep it watered easily.  It's very convenient to get to since it's right off our back deck! 

And do you want to know what our dog, Max, did the whole time this garden was being built?


                                                    It's not hard to figure out!  

I'll be sure to keep you posted when we start to see results from our first crop!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~
























30 comments:

AntiqueChase said...

I really want to do this!! Can't wait to see your harvest! Good thing you didn't cut the cable line.. that would have been HORRIFIC... ;)

Pondside said...

Don't you just love a raised bed? So much more sensible than the old way. Good luck with this - it looks great!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Looks good Kelly! Max is so cute!!

Daniela said...

we also mulch over the soil to keep the soil moist. During summer time, it will get really hot. Also if you have little critters (squirls, rabbit and such) you might want to put chicken wire around the garden.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, he made rows. We didn't do that. We have one box, one area that is going to have the box added and we are going to silver queen corn in the yard.

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Is that pressure treated lumber? If so, it`s highly toxic and shouldn`t be used for growing veggies in!!! Flowers are okay.

S
xo

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

How nice it will be to reap what you have sewn (so to speak.)Can't wait to see all the peppers. Very smart to place it in a convenient spot too. Great job all around!

Shelia said...

HI Kelly! Oh your raised gardens look wonderful! How nice it will be to have your own fresh veggies! Love that little cutie Boston!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

CAS said...

Good luck on the garden! We are having the best luck ever with our gardening efforts. The Man is planning to expand it next season.
`CAS`

Anne said...

Kelly,
You are inspiring me to give this a try.I wonder if I build this up a little bit the squirrels would not be as tempted to go in it?We eat lots of fruits and veggies on our house.It would be great to grow our own.
Anne

Debra @ Common Ground said...

what a great little garden plot. I'm sure you'll have great results! can't wait to see your crop! (love the pup!)

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I wish 8had a level sunny spot to do that! It looks great, that is back breaking work, so nice of hubby to do the digging. I usually do it but now my hubs has excavators and it would make it really easy to build a raised bed if we had room. Love seeing Max too!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Oh, you are going to love having fresh veggies right outside your door! I think I'm going to have to get my own garden started, since my mother is making hers smaller and won't have a surplus to pass my way!

Gail said...

Your raised garden looks great Kelly! It will be so nice to have fresh veggies right in your own back yard. Your little Max is adorable!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Kelly,

I love your garden! What a great idea! I have the perfect spot for this and I am going to do it. Thanks for the inspiration.

blessings,
karianne

PAT said...

This is going to be a great garden Kelly. Can't wait to watch it grow.

Cozy Little House said...

Well, I can see he was serious about every detail! Great garden spot. Can you loan him out to me to create one for me too?
Brenda

Kelli said...

Love your garden. How fun it will be to go out to your garden this summer and pick all of those yummy veggies.

Debbiedoo's said...

Nice job Kelly. My friend just built two raised beds and I can't get over how well they are doing.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Great "toot" on the raised bed.....I am looking forward to your progress!...Happy gardening!!

Olga said...

I love growing my own vegetables even though my yard is so tiny. There is nothing better than fresh veggies from one's own garden.
Good luck with your vegetable garden!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Fun. fun. fun!! Looking forward to watching your crop grow!! Isn't the smell of just turned dirt just the best?! ;) blessings ~ tanna

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Love your garden, vegetables just taste better when they come from your own garden!

I am trying okra for the first time, too! You have to let me know how your garden is growing....

Olive Cooper said...

Well done you two. I am having a tough time keeping my flower garden watered and safe from crickets. Hoping for rain in Georgia for us today:)

Linda said...

What a crop you will harvest.
We rotto tilled our veg garden on the weekend. It looks like there is no frost in the forcast so off to COSTCO tomorrow to buy my plants.

Deserae said...

Looks great....can't wait to see progress updates :o) We skipped doing a garden this year and are only growing patio tomatoes in pots.
~Des

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Gardens are so much fun! We have too much shade here now, so I try a container garden here and there!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Kelly: I must have missed this one. You will have a good crop, especially for mexican dinner. We don't get enough sun during the day for veggies, flowers don't seem to mind as much..Happy Growing..Judy.Glad Max stayed happy playing football.

Andrea said...

I will have to get my hubby on building a raised bed, too! Looks great!

missy max said...

What a pretty little garden....You put a lot of plants in that space..It will be interesting to see of it out grows its space..I love raised gardens...