Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Building a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden - Part II

I just ordered our topsoil/compost mix to be delivered this Saturday. I was shocked at how expensive topsoil is. But, after doing a lot of research, I found a service called They are almost half the cost of having any of the chain nurseries like Armstrong's Garden Centers deliver. Sure, they just dump it all in your driveway but a least there are not all of those plastic bags to dispose of.

Dan and I are finally starting to get excited about this project since we are getting closer to having the beds completed. May be we will even be able to begin planting this weekend. We can dream.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Building a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden - Part I

Dan and I have discussed building a raised bed vegetable garden since we moved to our house a little over 3 years ago. And, finally, we are making it happen. I spent most of Saturday in the backyard cleaning things up. Dan, God love him, went to our local lumber yard (no Home Depot for us...if we can help it) and procured the fir boards for the beds. Then he came home and built all four of them. We did have the help though of these amazing raised bed corners from Gardener's Supply Company in Vermont.

Now, we just need to:
  • lay the weed cloth
  • position the beds
  • lay in about 64 cu. ft. of organic soil
  • put down pea gravel on the paths
  • plant veggies and herbs

Okay, it's a lot more than just that. But, may be...just may be, by the end of next weekend, we might be done. I can dream.