Thursday, April 18, 2013

Building a Raised Garden Bed

Spring may have "technically" arrived but it's definitely hiding from us here in Colorado.  Well, let me rephrase that, it's more or less playing Peek-a-Boo.  One second it feels like Spring but wait, nope it's 30 degrees, cloudy, and windy, all over again. What the heck?

A couple of weeks ago on a lovely day (it was a miracle) my husband and I headed to Lowe's to pick up this amazing Suncast raised garden bed set I saw just a few days before.  It came complete with the bed frame and trellis for- get this only $50! Actually we got it a little cheaper than that since we showed our Military ID (gotta love that Lowe's supports our military and gives a 10% military discount).

To set up the raised garden bed we just followed the instructions it came with, which believe it or not were pretty easy. As far as where we decided to put it we chose the south-east location in our backyard.  We measured the bed frame (which is about 4' x 4') then used those measurements to mark where we needed to start digging.

We dug out some of our current grass (if you can call it that), leveled the area, then installed the raised garden bed.  Once it was in place we staked it into the ground and laid out some landscaping material to prevent weeds from popping up.

Then came time to fill it! Layers in the raised garden included organic compost (our own and some that was purchased from Lowe's), Brownie Cow Manure, and garden soil made especially for herb and vegetable gardens.

And that's about all that's been done.  Fast forward 2 1/2 weeks later and our weather is cruddy (See that yucky sky in the pic above? Talk about a Debbie downer).  Our state is also dealing with some severe water restrictions which explains why our yard (as well as the rest of our neighborhood's) are as dried and dead as can be.  It's looking like mid May before I'll actually be transplanting anything out there but let me tell you I am so looking forward to it!


  1. It looks great! I'm going to try and do some planting in pots this year. I have no green thumb what so ever. LOL If it works, maybe I'll try a raised bed next year! :) Good luck with yours!

  2. This is so beautiful. I love that you included a trellis to go up the fence. I think it is going to look just beautiful once the plants start showing themselves :)

  3. Hi Erika!
    I'm just popping over from the Outdoor Extravaganza at Satori Design - so nice to meet you! I love your raised garden bed - it's a great design, and it'll look amazing when it's all filled in. I hear you on the Spring weather - we had a nice stretch for a week that teased us all. Now, it's cold and wet... again!

  4. Hi, I just saw your raised garden bed at the Outdoor Extravaganza Link Party. I love it. Hope your weather straightens out, it's been a weird weather year in Iowa too:)

  5. I'm your newest follower and love your blog! I have been wanting my hubby to build me a rasied garden bed but now we just may have to head on over to Lowes!! Looks great, hope you are able to plant soon!



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