If you missed my previous gardening post, you can see it here. As I mentioned earlier in the week, we are focused on fruits, veggies, and gardening this week, so today is the perfect time to introduce you to our raised beds!
As soon as the ground thawed this spring, Keith and the boys made a trip to Lowe’s to pick up some supplies for Making Raised Beds. The boys were excited about doing some “work” with Daddy, and the possibility of actually growing their own food.
We already have an existing raised bed for herbs, so Keith just made one more this year to house our veggies. I will also have peppers in pots. We’re keeping it simple!
Once the wood and soil were out of the truck, we hauled all of the materials to their new destination in our yard.
And by “we,” I mean “Keith” did the hauling. I took some pics. Helpful, as always!
Keith then set the boards and nailed them together.
Once the bed was constructed, we were done for the day. For the following week, while the boards sat there empty, the boys had fun jumping inside, sitting on the edge, and just generally rolling around in the grass. Until…
a week or two later, when we had a nice, warm, Sunday afternoon. That’s when we turned up the dirt in the ground and then topped it with top soil and potting mix to get it ready for our seeds. Then the garden was officially “off limits” for the kids to play in. You can imagine how disappointed they were to find out that there is a box full of dirt that they cannot jump inside! They are showing great restraint…
We also added a trellis to help our tomato plants grow up, up, up!
As the months pass and our Virginia weather warms, I will keep you posted on the fruits of our labor. We will be planting squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and carrots. We have high hopes!
Looking for other posts about gardening, fruits, and veggies? Check these out:
Gardening with Kids: Starting Seeds