For the first time since we moved into our farmhouse we have a veggie garden. Our yard was mostly overgrown with dying evergreens and we have had to take down a lot of trees these last few years to make space for some raised gardening beds. Four years later, we finally have the time and energy to get this vegetable garden started.
Our Veggie Garden
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Our veggie garden is located in the sunniest and flattest spot in our yard, next to our new home orchard (blog post coming soon). To build these raised gardening beds we picked up 6- 8 foot cedar boards from Lowes (like the ones we used to make our cedar fence). Cedar wood is great because it is chemical free and naturally resists damage from wood destroying insects. It also turns a pretty weathered grey over time :).
Jason cut two of the cedar boards in half. We screwed the boards together with exterior screws to create two 4 by 8 foot raised garden beds.
We have a spot in our yard where we have a large dirt pile of dirt we have been adding to as we have been working on the yard.
Jason and I took turns filling the wheel barrel full of dirt to dump inside the raised beds.
We leveled out the dirt and took out any rocks we found along the way.
We added cow manure to the dirt to make the soil more fertile for the veggies to grow.
I was so excited about finally having a spot to grow vegetables. I wound up buying WAY more than we had room for :). I am still trying to talk Jason into building me a few more raised beds!
In the end we added lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, asparagus, rhubarb, brussel sprouts, leeks, carrots, strawberries and various herbs to the raised beds.
The kids helped me plant the veggies and herbs.
It was so much fun planting with them and see them so excited about vegetables.
Our younger two run out every morning to check out the progress of the plants. Below is our first strawberry!
It won’t be long now before the rest of these veggies are ready to harvest.
Thanks so much for stopping by to see our new veggie beds!
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