Do you enjoy vegetables?
Tired of paying the organic prices?
If you have an area at your residence that gets at least six to eight hours direct sun, why not consider growing your own organic vegetables?
Following the first year in our home I decided to start growing tomatoes. To me out of all of the veggies, there is nothing that compares to the taste of a garden grown tomato. With my growing desire to have inexpensive produce and the memories of my dad’s vegetable gardens from my childhood, I decided last year it was time to bite the bullet, move past the fear and have a real vegetable garden of my own. I enlisted the efforts of my husband to build a raised bed. I scoured the internet looking at beds, because to be honest as much as I wanted a raised bed, I did not want an eye sore in my back yard. The girl who loves decor both inside and out, wanted the bed to fit. So I chose something that worked for us and have been very pleased. I like the little extras on the corners and that we stained it white to match our deck and pergola.
To be honest, I chose the size of our bed kind of by guesstimation. I had a general idea of what I wanted to plant and how much space I was willing to give up in our yard. The size itself worked out perfectly for us but if I had it to do again, I would have made it the same size just two beds. I did not plan to be able to reach from one side to the other without stepping into the bed. Thankfully by adding one stepping stone, the problem has been solved.
Our raised bed is 8′ 2″ x 10′ 4″ x 12′ 4″
This raised bed is narrower allows for working between aisles. I may even have made the area between beds a bit wider.
We have a sprinkler system, so I was able to put the bed away from the house and still have access to water. Out of the eleven varieties of plants I had last year, only one was a flat failure…the cauliflower. I have since learned that in the Midwest cauliflower is a better spring plant than summer.
So you are considering having a vegetable garden of your own, what should you keep in mind?
Come back next week to learn the three most important items to take into account when starting your own organic garden! Also stay tuned later today for our featured guest, Shannan Martin, from Flowerpatch Farmgirl and the indoor projects on my radar!
“But, blessed is the woman who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. She will be like a tree planted by the water that send out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Horizon International, Inc.: An organization that is near and dear to my heart! On Friday, April 1, Horizon’s ambassador choir, the Kuyasa Kids, will arrived at the Washington Dulles International Airport to began its seventh annual tour of the United States.
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