Dirty hands

Building A Raised Garden Part 4: The Good, The Bad And The Dirty Hands Of The Project

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.

Checking out the garden

3) I can multitask all summer.

Gardens and kids
Watering everyone!

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.)

Mud pies for lunch
I wonder what’s for dinner? Worms?

5) I want a family who loves to dig and make and grow. We should all have dirty fingernails.

Dirty hands
And dirty hands.

Check out all my previous 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.

5 thoughts to “Building A Raised Garden Part 4: The Good, The Bad And The Dirty Hands Of The Project”

    1. You can totally do plants in pots if you don’t have a yard. Tomatoes do well, and I grow all my herbs in pots — although you need sun or a sunlamp to get a good harvest. DO IT!

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