Our Raised Garden

Building A Raised Garden Part 3: Building The Garden and TADA!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. Late Enough and The Home Depot are teaming up to bring a four-part series on building a raised garden. 

I wrote this just before my surgery and scheduled it to post today. My recovery is going well. Thanks for all the well-wishes

“Can we build it? YES WE CAN.” – Bob the Builder

We measure. (All the correct dimension are found in Building A Raised Garden Part Two: The Plan and The Parts)

Raised Garden measuring
The orange triangle is called a square. I appreciate things like that.

We cut without safety glasses or proper footwear. (Please don’t do that. I was dumb.)

Raised garden circular saw
But I used ear protection? I don’t know why I only like my ears either.

We try to cut corners by not pre-drilling and split our fancy wood.

Drilling for Raised Garden
It’s hard to see in this photo but we are both so sad that lazy isn’t paying off.

We start pre-drilling.

Predrilling for Raised Garden
We also start wearing sweet hats.

We pour and flattened the dirt.

Dirt in the Raised Garden
This was my daughter’s favorite part.

Scott build the trellis.

Hinged trellis
We just whip these things up.

We bring in the plants.

Plants for Raised Garden
I gave my kids a lot of control over our plant selection so I had to get creative with the layout.

As aside: It’s important to be gentle with plants when taking them out of the pots and separating out their root balls especially if there is more than one seedling in a pot like my cucumbers, watermelons and cantaloupes. I had a few mishaps with them because I was getting tired by my sixth cucumber plant.

Root balls of cucumbers
I’m careful with my babies. I just adopted them into my garden.

We plant.

Raised Garden Planted
Vines in the back. Tomatoes, peppers and strawberries in the front.

Another aside: I decided to skip the potatoes after talking with my kids again. We are going to grow our first fall harvest by planting broccoli seeds in that gap between the cucumber, watermelon and cantaloupe vines and lower tier of plants. The seeds will go in June 1st. I’m excited although I hate thinning seedlings because I have guilt. I think even the small ones might make it, thus ruining the entire crop.

Our Raised Garden
TADA! Our final product.

UPDATE: Check out all my posts on how to build a raised garden and have fun!


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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.

7 thoughts to “Building A Raised Garden Part 3: Building The Garden and TADA!”

    1. I feel the same way with my seedlings! UGH!
      The trellis was so easy to make although we had the hinges and screws lying around so it was just buying the wood. I wanted that shape although I know you can buy that shape now, we just felt like building it too.

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