We expanded our Vegetable Garden Beds this year. I am sharing how we added 2 more raised beds this year using pressure treated boards & what vegetables, herbs & fruit we planted in them.
Vegetable Garden Beds – Expanding & Planting
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3 years ago, we built 2 cedar raised garden beds for our yard. (read about that here) Unfortunately, the cedar did not hold up over time. The cedar boards started to come apart & to rot.
How we expanded our vegetable garden beds…
With a desire to expand our vegetable garden & more time home to care for it, we rebuilt the 2 rotted raised garden beds & added 2 beds more using mostly pressure treated boards from an old deck we tore down to make room for a brick & flagstone patio. (read about the deck & patio here)
That old deck wood has really come in handy!!! We have built an arbor, horseshoe pit & now 3 of our 4 vegetable garden beds with it. The fact that the pressure treated wood from our old deck was still in good shape after many years made us feel comfortable using pressure treated boards this time rather than having to replace the cedar ones every few years.
Using the wood we had, we were able to build 3 larger raised garden beds & bought a few more boards to add 1 more. Jason sawed the boards to size with his miter saw.
We screwed the boards together with exterior screws.
Our new beds are a little higher & wider than the previous 2 meaning I can plant so much more!!! Our new raised vegetable garden beds are roughly 5 feet by 8 feet.
Jason cut a few old posts for the corners of the raised garden bed to help level the boards on the uneven spots in our yard.
We filled the bottom of the beds with chicken manure & compost which we have plenty of now thank to our 3 feathered family members. (read about them here)
Next, we I added many wheel barrel loads of dirt & topped it with dirt.
What we planted in our Raised Garden Beds…
Garden Bed One
This bed has ALL the strawberries in it. ( you can read more about our strawberry patch here) Our family loves strawberries & it was important to grow A LOT of them in our home garden. The strawberries come back every year & have taken over most of this garden!
The strawberries have already started to bloom. I did add 2 blackberry bushes to the one end for now until we can find a better spot for them….maybe a blackberry raised bed in the future?…just need to talk Jason into it, ha!
Garden Bed Two
This garden bed has many of our perennial vegetables & herbs. Asparagus, rhubarb, rosemary, thyme & mint come back every year! I also added cilantro, parsley, basil & tomatoes this year.
I grew vegetables from seed indoors this year for the first time in many, many years.
I love that seeds are so much cheaper than buying plants & it will be fun to see how they do!
Garden Bed Three
This garden bed has lettuce, onions, celery, carrots & peppers in it.
Garden Bed Four
This garden bed has squash, cucumber, sugar snap peas, corn & more tomatoes.
Unfortunately, the chickens have eaten all of our cucumber plants while leaving everything else…. I added a few more cucumber seeds to the garden bed today hoping they will forget they like them.
We are still decided on whether we will fence in these garden beds in the future.