Saturday

Raised Garden Bed Against Fence

gardening

At about this time last year, and after neglecting my backyard for the longest time, I decided I had to do something to bring this space back to life.

The picture below shows you how it looked at the beginning of Spring last year.  A small slanted backyard with a square leveled area on one side and a trampoline on the other side. No one was using this space, the trampoline had to go, and I had big plans for the patio area.

ugly before backyard

But, last Fall I decided I wanted to have a flower bed right there in the right corner behind the trampoline, and against the fence.

how to install posts for retaining wall

So, I put on my boots and began digging seven holes, two feet deep, to set the posts for the back of my garden bed wall. Like a retaining wall, because I didn't want to put any stress on the fence.

My oh my, all that digging was exhausting! I took my time, but no matter what, I ended with sore muscles every time I worked on this project.


Gravel was added at the bottom and all around the 4 x 4 posts, making sure the post was level.
A long piece of wood was the good tool to compact that gravel.


The next step of installing the boards was much easier. I used pressure treated 1 x 4s.


The front part was finished using concrete retaining wall blocks for a prettier look.
Once again some digging was needed in order to level the area for the blocks. Starting at the lowest part and working one layer at a time until reaching a full contiguous line.


The posts were trimmed to size using a reciprocating saw.


Before finishing the retaining wall, I went ahead and filled the area with a good amount of soil.

concrete retaining wall blocks

And well, this picture above is how the garden bed looked during Spring this year.

backyard repair

The trampoline was removed and grass seeds were planted. I kept on watering them, but I came home from Summer vacation to a once again bald spot in the middle of the yard. :(  Gotta do it all over again in a few weeks.


However, the garden is flourishing! :)

The leaves on the little tree are already changing color and last week I got some mums to add some vibrant color to this area.


It's so nice to see how much those little plants have grown.

mums and plants in the garden

 The temperatures have been so nice, everything is thriving!

garden with knockout roses, mums and other plants


Especially those knock out roses, they're continuously blooming. :)
I'm so glad to finally get to see the fruits of all that hard work!


For more DIY - Backyard projects check these out:

set of patio chairs with firepit table on floating deck

easy backyard makeover - stump table with planters on deck

old summer patio set refurbished - getting rid of rust and repainting it



*Ryobi Tools were given to me to try out, 
I love them so much so that they are the tools I use for my every day projects. 
All stated opinions are my own.*

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5 comments :

  1. Wow, that looks great! I wish we had better places to plant in our yard-one day when we build a house I will make sure I leave room in our yard for beds like this ;)


    xoxo, SS


    Southern and Style

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  2. It looks great so far! I admire your handyman skills and proficient use of tools too!
    Brenda

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  3. Great idea with the retaining wall, turned out perfectly! Can you come and build me one? 😉

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  4. Wow, I love a good garden makeover! It looks fantastic. Pop over when you have a few minutes and check out some of my garden makeovers. I'm glad I found your blog.

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