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If anyone can remember back as far as April, I posted my gardening to-do list for Spring and on it was a raised garden, which we are finally tackling this month.
While I’m not a gardening maven, except for herbs, I love growing food so ours will be an edible raised garden, and I think you can do it too as long as they’re okay with asking for help and making mistakes. However, raised gardens can be full of flowers or themed around tea or cooking as well.
The most important part to every raised gardens is THE WHERE, and depending on the yard, it either choses you or you chose it. If it choses you, then it also choose what you can plant. Period. If you’re want an edible garden, you need full sun for a good harvest of almost all popular and semi-popular plants, and even then you’ll be dealing with droughts and weird infestations. Start off on the best footing. If you are working with flowers, you have more flexibility as to where you build your raised garden.
I had to stand in the yard and figure out what areas get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight (which equals full sun), but I honestly recommend finding a place that gets 8 hours.
My first year planting a raised garden in this house, it was as my last project with my son before his sister arrived. That year we built the entire raised garden ourselves rather than using a kit, which is also how we will be doing it this year. (I’ll be going into the specific equipment purchasing in my post next weekend.)
I must’ve fallen asleep that first year because I misjudged the area I chose and mostly got snow peas and strawberries. Everything else didn’t want to flower. Luckily, we went simple our first year, and my toddler most liked rolling and digging in the dirt so it wasn’t a big deal to him. But compared to my permanent garden from years past? I was annoyed at myself.
Last year, we got much fancier with an irrigation system that mostly got me wet, colorful tomato cages and I lying to myself about how long watermelon vines really grew. But what we did right was decide that sun was more important than having a backyard that made any sense.
In the fall, we lost our beautiful oak tree in the front year and cannot plant another tree because of the vast amount of roots below the soil. Both dealing with this dead spot in my front yard and a raised garden was on my garden to-do list so a reader suggested I make them into one project.
This year, we will be making the leftover dirt spot from where the oak tree once stood into a beautiful raised garden.
We don’t have to worry about sun like our first year, and we can’t get away with the sloppy vines and hilarity of last year. I’m a little nervous, but also looking forward to making our first front yard edible raised garden. I hope you’ll join me and help me out with more ideas and suggestions. And get out there! Pick a spot in your yard you want to hide, not weed all summer, or grow something delicious in and let’s get started.
UPDATE: Check out all my posts on how to build a raised garden and have fun:
- Building A Raised Garden Part 2: The Plan and The Parts
- Building A Raised Garden Part 3: Building The Garden and TADA!
- Building A Raised Garden Part 4: The Good, The Bad And The Dirty Hands Of The Project
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. I was compensated.