Gardening, Week Three

April 4, 2011

The raised bed is finally planted! After a LOT of work by my boys, the plants are in the dirt. The blocks were in place last weekend and this week’s rain was a bit of a delay but we got it finished by Saturday afternoon.

A trip to Home Depot on Friday for 55 bags of topsoil and manure had Ben’s truck REALLY loaded down but by dark the bags were all unloaded and sitting next to the bed, ready to be emptied.

Saturday morning had Chris and Jack slinging dirt and manure.

We realized we hadn’t allowed for enough dirt to fill the holes so it was off to Home Depot again for 22 more bags of topsoil. All together we used 77 bags, for a total of 3080 pounds. Holy crap, a ton and a half of dirt and, well, crap!

Ready for green!

It didn’t look like a lot but it was a challenge to arrange all of this into the available space. I’m still probably overcrowded but I’m allowing for some losses, given my black thumb.

The boys did all of the hard work but I did get my hands dirty.

Abby got into the act too, finding it necessary to help with sprinkler repair.

And here it is! There’s a variety of tomatoes and peppers, okra. The vining plants – squash, zucchini and cucumber – are rooted in the bed but will end up outside of the blocks. The holes are filled with herbs, onions and marigolds.

I couldn’t have done it without all the hard work from Chris, Ben, Jack and everyone else who joined in to move bricks and shovel dirt. Thanks!!


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1 Vicki Faust April 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Looks great Karen! I also planted my garden this weekend…tomatoes, squash and lots of herbs (dill, basil, cilantro, thyme, & parsley). I plan on adding some peppers next. Looking forward to using all these fresh herbs and veggies in some of your awesome recipes!


2 JaNelle April 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I can’t wait to see how it grows and fills in. I worked on my garden Sunday. I planted a herb pot .. I hope they play nice together.


3 Bored Cook April 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

I love the idea of doing the raised bed with the blocks. I told hubby last year I wanted maybe one or two raised beds this year and was planning to have him make them, but this seems like a simpler route to go. Plus I love that you used the holes in the blocks for additional plants. I’ll have to show him this post!

Can’t wait to see how your garden grows this season! I can’t wait to get ours done, but that won’t be happening for about another month once we pass the last chance of frost around here. I’m itching to get outside. Especially after this miserable snowy winter we had here.



4 Karen Bove April 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

Blocks just seemed cheaper, easier and more durable than using wood, even if they aren’t quite as pretty. It wasn’t too hard to build, but of course I didn’t do the actual building :) I’m a puny weakling so I was glad to have lots of strong boys to do the heavy lifting for me.


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