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Monday, March 28, 2011

In Addition to That...

Okay, the raised bed is nice, but it looked a little...stranded. Lost. Isolated.
You get the idea.
So we took the new kit that the nice folks at Greenes Fence Company were kind enough to send us and added on to our original beds. With the parts we had left over from the last project and this one, we only needed 2 more boards to create a fourth bed.
Honestly, these kits assemble in minutes.
We then lined our beds with my favorite free weed blocker, old newspaper.
Just layer it about four or five sheets deep and wet it down thoroughly.
Add soil. We put our beds in a Z formation so that all of the plants were easily accessible.


We then took chunks of concrete that I had left from taking out an uneven walkway and surrounded the wooden structure with a large square.
This was a lot easier than last year's garden wall project.
I need to replant that...
More newspaper over the grass between the rocks and the beds...
...and then mulch over that.
Add decorative items and some slobber.


Along with veggies and herbs, we decided to add some flowers to brighten the area and make it a destination in the yard.
We chose my mother's favorite color, yellow, to brighten it up.



A shot of orange Lantana added a nice punch.
 We had a couple of other projects to brighten this area, so stay tuned, we'll be back with more!

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26 comments:

Kim K. said...

Looking good. Your orange Lantana is just gorgeous. Chris had the tiller running in former garden this weekend. It was 37 degrees out, but he was determined to start plotting his new garden and deer fencing.

Happy Monday!

Mel said...

What a beautiful way to add a sanctuary to your yard.

I can imagine sitting in the comfy chair, a frosty beverage,a good book and just watching the plants grow.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Looks great Sunny...you created your own very pretty and functional potager. It looks super!

Heather said...

I can hardly wait to see everything in full bloom. You've created a great space!

Sherri B. said...

That does look easy to put together, with hubby working so much we might look at this kit to get things going this spring..off to check it out.

Bambi said...

Sunni, you so inspire me to get off my butt and do something. I want to plant but up here the only thing we have right now is mud and slugs.

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

What a great idea!!! I'd like to have a more interesting comment but my brain has been overtaken by a cold.

lisbonlioness said...

That's one mean project! My gardening will, as usual, have to take place in pots, so all I can do is drool over your greenery. I hope your Mum will enjoy her little corner of paradise!

Beth said...

thanks for the inspiration. You make it look so easy. I love the weed blocker method, too. Thanks so much for sharing.

The Autocrat: Haley said...

I am sooo jealous of your raised beds!! They look amazing! I have really been wanting to do some. Great job!

Jennifer said...

ahhh keep it coming! =) I need all the gardening tips I can get! Slobber is obv the secret ingredient in yours thanks to the pup! =) haha!

I've wanted to make a raised bed garden forever -- We move every 6-12 months but eventually we'll be staying put for 3 years (maybe by the summer!) and then I can hit you up for every gardening tip known to man =) hehe!

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Oh yes, this is looking so beautiful! Great choices. I really like the pop of that mulch and the yellow flowers. I know nothing about gardening. I'm lucky the few low-maintenance shrubs we have are still alive.

Michelle said...

This looks great! I did a tutorial on this a few weeks ago. I like your area around the boxes, very cute. I'd love for you to come link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday http://thrifty101.blogspot.com/2011/03/diy-thrifty-thursday-9.html

Katie said...

I love the newspaper tip! Such a good idea! I've been wanting to make a sitting area and this is so simple!! Thanks!

Marriah said...

That came out great! I wish I could do a garden like that but I am gone every summer. www.mylifeunzipped.blogspot.com

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

Wow those beds look amazing! Great work!

LambAround said...

I'd never thought to use newspaper in our garden before. Thanks for the tip! If you get a chance, I'd love for you to link this up to my Not "Baaad" (get it?) blog hop, which features a competition for the Best in Show award :)

Krafty Kat said...

Looks even more fabulous! I love lantana and it can definitely take the heat! I found myself looking through the newspapers you had laid down to block the weeds to make sure you didn't toss out the coupon insert! LOL, I clip every coupon I can get my hands on! Thanks, as always, for linking up!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

How lovely!!Gardening is so much fun and your new beds are beautiful! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Bella@Bellabeforeandafter.blogspot.com said...

So SUnny, you are so awesome, and I am so in the mood for gardening, I just had to FEATURE you twice in one post, lol.

You know what to do girl!!! I just love the colors of that lantana, it's one of my favorite flowers in the summer. :)

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Jingle said...

incredible ...

Judie said...

Well, I see your tomatoes growing. When they ripen, we can turn them into juice and make Bloody Marys! See how I am always thinking ahead?

Splendid Little Stars said...

checked out your "big reveal." Everything looks so lovely! And you can even sit and watch it all grow! (My mother's favorite color is yellow, too.)

Cathy Kennedy said...

What a great project!

Pondside said...

Looks great! I love the yellow and orange.

Jenny said...

I love that your kids are helping you with this project. This is turning out beautifully. I'm gonna hop over and see the big reveal after I tell you how much I enjoyed seeing what you're up to.

Thanks for linking.

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