This week, there will be some dirty hands around
The Everyday Home. It’s garden planting time!
All of my new raised beds are in and I have worked my magic
getting the soil amended and ready to be planted.
Today, I went to the Garden Center and bought some plants.
The Hubbs said I had way too many plants. I didn’t tell him this
was my “Starter Kit.” haha!
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Raised Bed Garden from the Beginning
So, these “before” pictures of my garden I am going to share
will not be the most exciting to look at (think all dirt!) 🙂 –
I wanted you to see where I was starting from and I will blog
about my journey, and hopefully end with an abundance of
canned and preserved goodness by Summer’s end.
Here are my new garden beds as seen from our deck.
These images were taken later in the afternoon as the sun was
sliding behind the trees. Our back yard has a slight slope to it
which actually helps the garden. I don’t have to worry about
heavy rains flooding the beds, etc.
Here’s a closer look. The middle bed is 10×10 and has a
smaller raised bed in the center with a tall 4×4 post.
I am shopping for the perfect bird house to go on top
of the pole. I am also thinking of adding to hooks for
hanging baskets to add some color.
Adding Accent Plants
The center of this smaller box will be planted with
butterfly-loving plants and flowers, and I have a great
project in mind to create a butterfly watering dish that
I can’t wait to share with you.
Although not a vine known for butterflies, I bought
this hummingbird-loving Carolina Jasmine vine.
I will plant Coneflowers and Bee balm and Verbena
at the base, to name a few.
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I know an image of a raised bed of dirt isn’t very exciting,
but this is some of THE prettiest dirt I have ever seen.
Just a bit of advice…pay extra for good quality soil.
I added in some extra ingredients like sphagnum moss,
manure and lime to raise the pH in the tomato beds.
Here are some of the plants I purchased to get me started.
I will spend some extra money and buy larger tomato plants
because I get impatient and want those delicious red orbs
as soon as I can get them. 🙂
This is primarily the herbs and peppers. My husband
insisted I had way too many plants, but I saw he kept
adding more and more types of pepper plants.
Tabasco is his newest variety.
And I could not possibly talk about my garden without
sharing my Gardening partners. Meet our newest adoptee,
the Ginger Tabby on the right.
Winston Maximus Cornelius, III. Better known as “Max.”
Here is Max checking out the Catnip I will plant for them.
Or, as I refer to it as… “Cat Crack.” 😀
So, how do I decide what to plant where?
Over the years (and it helps to be a farmer’s daughter)
I have learned what plantings work best with each other,
and which plants should never be planted together.
Primarily because of acidic reasons.
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The Raised Bed Garden Plan
There is a lot of reasoning behind this plan above.
For example, the beans and squash will create the
perfect area for shade-loving spinach and lettuces.
Eggplants and Peppers are perfect companion plants
for Peas, just as beets and beans are perfect companion
plants for cucumbers. It’s very important to know what
to plant and not what to plant with each other.
Burpee Seeds is the perfect source for finding out
what grows best together.
So, while this space may not be very exciting now…
Once I add this…
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By the way, a Martin house is great for a garden or
backyard because Martins eat a LOT of mosquitoes
and insects. Win-win!
And also some beautiful hanging baskets…
(image courtesy of The Old Weeping Center)
Eventually, I also want to add a sweet picket fence
with a vintage garden gate…
(image courtesy of Keeping It Cozy)
I can’t wait to share my Gardening Journey with you.
Hopefully, in a few months – instead of images of empty,
soil-filled garden beds, I will be sharing THIS!
Until then, whether your garden is a small herb garden or
you have tomato plants on your patio, or you have several
acres of vegetables and herbs…
Happy Gardening, my Everyday Friends.
Thank you for spending a few
minutes of your day here with me.
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