This is the year I'm finally giving the green light to my vegetable garden. :)
Well, a bit of encouragement from my son was necessary for me to take action.
Yep, he really wanted it. He likes to cook, he likes to mix ingredients and try new herbs though, I have to say, he's still a picky eater. :/
And that's exactly another reason why I want to grow my own vegetables. It's a good way for him to try new things, and by growing them himself, he might be more tempted to try them and enjoy them. Crossing my fingers. ;)
In past years I've grown
herbs in the comfort of my own kitchen, a little box on the window sill was all I dare to handle. They did OK, some plants did better than others, but overall I was happy with the experience.
So, for my "big" vegetable garden I did some research and wow, there's so much to learn!
These are a few of the titles I encountered:
How to prepare the soil for planting.
Choosing what vegetables to grow and where to grow your garden.
How much sunlight per day your garden needs.
How to plant your vegetable garden.
Maintaining your vegetable garden
And the list goes on...
I've been crossing those titles off my to do list and if you're following me on Instagram you've probably seen my progress.
For this post on raised garden beds, one of the first decisions I had to make, I compiled 12 AMAZING IDEAS, many of them with full tutorials.
I know you're going to find at least one that's perfect for your backyard.
My Daily Randomness
This U-shaped raised garden bed makes great use of space.
A wood and metal planter box that looks SO good, you can have a pair of them on your front porch! - Elisha gives you complete building plans.
Even more metal! The corrugated metal + red wood give these beds an industrial feel. :) And hey, no worries about chemicals leaking into your garden.
Better yet, you can go ALL out with this water metal trough garden.
A simple garden bed was transformed into a green house by adding a cover to it.
Easy to build and fairly cheap, concrete garden bed.
These counter height garden boxes will be easy on your back.
A simple rectangular garden bed with a great tutorial that I was about to follow, but alas, I don't have a flat yard.
Earth Easy Blog
The Owner-Builder Network
For my yard, I would've needed something like this, how to build a raised garden bed on sloping, uneven ground.
However, if you have a steeper slope, this might be your solution.
Now, If building isn't your cup of tea, there are a lot of alternatives too. This Smart Pots Big Bag Bed Fabric Raised Bed, an Amazon Best Seller product, is a very economical alternative constructed of a porous fabric that dissipates excess heat and encourages excess water to evaporate. Having a garden is a matter of filling up the bag with soil so you can start planting!
I was tempted to buy this 3-Tiered Cedar Raised Garden Bed from the Home Depot. for around $100, I think is a great buy, it looks cute and hey, it's cedar. They have cheaper alternatives if this is two big for your space of you don't like the tiered design.
For more DIY ideas check these out: