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Project Grow Our Own Food: Raised Garden Bed Reveal

May 20, 2013

It took 2 wheelbarrows, 5 people, and 4 hours to move 7 yards of top soil from our driveway to the raised garden bed in our backyard….

As much as I would love to take credit for this beautiful garden, ‘J’ was definitely the project manager for this large undertaking. From doing the engineered drawings to ordering all the materials, ‘J’ spent a lot of his spare time getting this garden ready over the past month.

How Much Did it Cost?
I am going to be honest – this garden was not exactly cheap. We estimate we spent close to $500 on all the materials + all the time a labour we put into it. But, it’s a small price to pay in order to get the freshest, healthiest vegetables possible. Nothing excites me more than the idea of being able to walk out to the backyard when I need a pepper, or tomato, or some fresh herbs!

Next Steps + An “Oopsie”
With the structure built and filled, we still need to plant our seedlings, which you might remember we started back in April. After a little mishap earlier this month (exposing the plants to direct sunlight for too long – oopsie), we lost a lot of the seeds we started germinating, so Saturday morning ‘J’ and I also headed to a local, organic seedling sale to purchase some plants that didn’t germinate… peppers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, dill, chives, cilantro, parsley, and asian lettuces – just to name a few.

Now that we have almost everything we need, I can’t wait to get these things planted & growing!

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  • Reply Casey March 5, 2014 at 4:18 am

    I'd really like to do this design for my own garden. What are the dimensions?

  • Reply Britt March 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Thanks for your interest Casey! The long sides are 15ft long and a little over 3ft wide. The wide connector piece at the back is 8ft wide. The sides are 24 inches tall. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Greg April 26, 2015 at 5:44 am

    The raised beds look wonderful. What kind of wood did you use?

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