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.
Reflecting back on this month long project, I want to review the pluses and minuses of building our raised garden (well, the minuses and pluses because I thought I would end on a high note since I love edible gardening so much) in case anyone takes on this project.
1) The project took time. Six hours from start to finish, which is not such a big deal with only adults but when including kids, that’s easily a 2-3 day project. I also consider us very DIY-oriented as didn’t need to review or look up anything so someone new to building would probably need more time.
2) Because it was in our front yard, there was more style pressure, which means we spent more money.
3) Deciding to do this in the front yard also means we have multiple other projects that come along with it.
- A small path from our brick path to garden will need to be created with stones.
- Bringing my herbs from the backyard to the front yard to create a boundary of sorts.
- Finally, the dirt patch from the oak tree that I was hoping to cover? Was too big. We need to make two gardens and I just don’t know if I want to do that because I don’t think this is a permanent front yard structure for us. Every front yard design I’ve looked at only has edibles and I’m not going to pull up other established plants we have on the other side of our front yard to make this work. So now I’m torn between doing a bunch of projects to be taken down in 4 months and just having an odd front yard for a few months.
1) Having a garden. Growing your own food is amazing and worth any of the minuses I listed. I have a video of my garden if you want to take a live tour:
2) The first thing my kids do when they come home from school is check out the garden.
3) I can multitask all summer.
4) I get mud pies for lunch. (This is actually more of plus of having so much dirt around the garden because it keeps my kids from stealing the dirt from the plants. I’m so positive these days.)
5) I want a family who loves to dig and make and grow. We should all have dirty fingernails.
Check out all my previous posts on how to build a raised garden and have fun:
- Building A Raised Garden Part 1: First Things First
- Building A Raised Garden Part 2: The Plan and The Parts
- Building A Raised Garden Part 3: Building The Garden and TADA!
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. I was compensated.