DIY edible raised garden

Let’s Get This Garden Started

I’m amazed how many songs where I can replace party with garden and keep dancing to tomatoes and begonias because hooray for gardening season. Yes, gardening is a year-round endeavor, but I was ridiculously lazy all fall and winter with prepping. This is why spring fever exists though — to help me make up for it.

The gardening projects on my list:

I want to add window boxes to our backyard fort or maybe I’ll finally have enough room for watermelon vines if I hang them down from those windows since they took over my patio last year.

Fort Windows
Those windows would look sweet with flowers but watermelons might be more practical.

Since 2009, we’ve built raised edible gardens with the kids so we need to plan where to build, how many gardens and what to grow in the next few weeks. Oh, and actually do it.

DIY edible raised garden
Our first DIY edible raised garden was my last mama/son project before my daughter was born.

We removed a beautiful, but dying, oak tree leaving behind a giant dirt spot for mourning that we should probably fix since it is in the front yard and has been five months.

Dirt where Oak Tree Was
Even my cat is like WTH are you doing? Get over the tree and fix your lawn.

I decided that I like hay better than dirt or moss in my front window boxes if only because during the fall and winter (and that point in the summer when all my window box flowers die) the hay looks nicer, so I need to figure out if anything can grow in hay or if I have to dig it out for a dirt center.

Hay in flower box
I put this hay in back in October and ignored it, but all I need to do is fix the ones sticking out. That’s easier than moss.

Of course, I’ll also be tending to my pots of herbs that survived the winter as well as trying to fix the section of my backyard where I attempted wildflowers last year. I really hope to end this summer with some flowers that are thriving because that would be a first.

Dead flowers
My poor zinnias. Also, why does the moss look better in the photo. I swear the hay looks better in real life.

What’s on your garden project list?

For ideas on projects like these and more, you can check out The Home Depot Garden Club website. I also signed up for The Home Depot FREE Garden Club’s free monthly newsletter there with national and regional tips, tricks and to-dos plus access to $300+ in email exclusive savings, new products and access to gardening experts. Who else is going to know what to do with a dirt patch full of 60-year-old tree roots and window boxes full of hay? Plus, I want to know when flowers are on sale because I go through them kind of quick.


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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. Late Enough and The Home Depot are teaming up to do four DIY projects (five posts including this one) mostly because they could see our backyard fort from their store. What’s on my current gardening list is not necessarily the topics I’ll be blogging about in those upcoming posts. I am being compensated, which, considering for how long and how much my husband and I love doing this stuff, is awesome.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

14 thoughts on “Let’s Get This Garden Started

  1. Eddie has requested a garden this year, and I totally want to do it. Just a small one. I’m a bit lost at what to plant. Tomatoes? Beans? Carrots?

    1. Do it! A raised bed is great because you can disassemble it when you’re done. Pick at least one veggie that he already eats. Carrots are boring because you can’t see them grow (IMO). Green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, watermelon (although that’s a LOT of vine), or peppers have worked well for us. As long as a few are ones he already eats and for us, my kids were willing to try tomatoes because they grew them, and my daughter loved them. (Even if this isn’t one of my projects with The Home Depot, I should probably write it out since I clearly have a lot to say.)

      1. you SHOULD do a post on this! Eddie likes peas, so I was thinking of peas…if I can do them in this area. Honestly, I have no idea what will grow around here. I know we can do beans, peppers, and tomatoes because my mom did them when I was a kid. Also I was thinking of maybe a pumpkin plant to see if we can grow our own jack-o-lantern this year. And some strawberries for eatsies while we weed.

        How do you do the raised bed? Does it have a bottom? Do I need shade? How big should the space be?

        You see I have questions. THIS READER WANTS TO KNOW!

        1. I’ll totally do a post but to answer a few questions:
          No bottom (drainage is important)
          We’ve used 2x6s as sides but there are kits too and we did use those last year.
          Full sun will give you the best crop of veggies (for the vast majority of them)
          Your size depends on how much you want to plant. Pumpkins needs so much space.
          Here’s a link to The Home Depot deets on it too but yours can (should?) stay pretty simple your first year: http://gardenclub.homedepot.com/make-a-raised-garden-bed/

          1. yeah, Cort said he would just make it himself for us. We will probably start little. beans, peas, tomatoes and strawberries. I am pretty excited!

  2. OMG, I don’t think I paid enough attention before… I didn’t know you gardened. That’s cool. 🙂

    We want to do more of it as AmoebaJr grows up. We get locally farmed produce as we’re in a CSA, but it would be nice to show her the process. The farmer said we can bring her by for a tour. 😀

    You wanna talk raised beds? We just got one of these: http://www.gardeners.com/Vegtrug-Patio-Garden/40-331,default,pd.html

    Put that bad boy together this afternoon during naptime. Just need to order some dirt.

    Also, sorry for commenting bombing your post.

    1. I write about it sporadically and usually when I’m highlighting my failures because it’s funny! I started with herbs and a few veggies back in 2003 or 2004 — herbs are my strength but I have had some pretty good batches of fruits and veggies. I like the usefulness of edible gardens. I would love to conquer flowers one day though. We built our first few raised beds ourselves, bought a kit last year and am not sure what we’ll do this year.
      Oh and no problem about “comment bombing.” You have lots to offer. I’d never seen those root exposers before!

  3. We spent the weekend gardening too. Because dude…gardening IS a party.

    First, don’t grow anything in hay. Make sure you’ve got straw in them there window boxes. Straw = amazing ability to convert it to compost and plant directly inside while the exterior remains in place. Hay = full of seeds and tada! you’re now growing hay.

    Second, YES watermelons!! Sorry to yell and startle you, but how adorable would sugar babies look?

    Third, now I’m dancing my way out to the garden again.

  4. I’m still not in a position to put in a real garden, but will be doing pots of herbs and small vegetables again this year, like the last four. I’m hoping to convince my landlord to let me do a little beautification, too…but we’ll see how that pans out.

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