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We had really great weather this past weekend so we decided to take advantage of being in Atlanta (the next few weekends we will be gone) and work on a raised garden bed to grow vegetables and herbs in our backyard, one of the things on my goal list!. I originally got the idea from someone at work. About a month ago, we bought all of the supplies but never got around to building it. Well it all came together this past weekend!

We followed another blogger’s design to construct our garden box.

You need:

  • (Five) 4 foot pressure treated pine 2×8’s (4 for the sides and 1 for the inner brace)
  • (Four) 8 foot pressure treated pine 2×8’s
  • 1 4×4 post 8’ long
  • wood screws
  • weed cloth to cover the bottom

(We used pressure treated pine instead of redwood for cost reasons and skipped the irrigation system piece). The blog goes into the details of constructing and we basically followed their directions. I recommend checking it out if you want to build one. It took us about an 1-2 hours to put it together. We got a deal on garden soil and purchased 40 bags to fill the raised bed.

IMG_20130512_163905_931 IMG_20130512_163922_017 IMG_20130512_170240_880After building the box, we stopped by farmer D’s and picked up a few small organic plants to include in our garden box. So, our garden includes: 3 types of tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, squash, basil, bay leaf, oregano, chives, and lavender. Eric also decided to try growing watermelon (a small round one) so we planted along the side so that it will grow and flow into the yard. We also bought a small aloe plant that is in a pot on the side. The project took some time and a lot of work and sweat was put into its assembly but the end product was worth it. Now I’m crossing my fingers that at least 1 of these things stays alive for the season!