My wonderful Hubby helped me to set this up last summer. We did recently learn that you can staple some chicken wire to the bottom before setting it down and filling with dirt to help keep gophers and moles from getting to them. Something we will be doing to the next one. This is a 4 x 8 tiered bed. After working with it for a year, I would advise not having them connected. This is very hard to get to the plants in the center.
Here are the supplies we used. This was actually before I learned that Monsanto owned Miracle Grow. I will not buy their products any longer. I make my own soil for containers and I’m also adding in organic matter such as grass clippings and such to increase whats in the bed.
You need a lot of soil to fill in your garden.
First build your frame so you can mark where you need to cut the sod away.
Now you need to remove the top layer of sod. We tried transplanting ours but it didn’t survive.
This was really tough with Clay soil. Good thing I had a big strong hubby to help.
Now is a good time to attach the chicken wire to the bottom of the frame if you wish. Then put it in place.
Next fill with your soil and compost mix. You can also add any time release fertilizers you want at this time as well.
Now the fun can begin! Plant away! This is my summer of 2012 garden.
Now for the fun!
and here is my current Garden in the same bed.
All the empty spots are where the Onions had been harvested
Hope you have fun with this! Would love to see pics of your raised beds! Post your links below!
I saw this video between Jamie Oliver and Larry King. I am speechless. It’s hilarious listening to the two go back and forth but the message is clear and far from funny.
Jamie Oliver and “Natural Flavorings”
We are juicing breakfast and dinner. We have a salad for lunch, or some home made tomato soup. Something that is veggie and fruits only. Here is the Green Juice that we have for dinner. This will make two 8 oz glasses or 1 large 16 oz.
Here are the veggies and fruits we use. I peel the apples as they are not organic. I also peel the cucumber as it makes the juice less bitter if I do.
2 apples peeled and cored
1 Lemon peeled and cut in half
1 small piece of ginger peeled
1 cucumber peeled and cut in half
Greens mix. I use a couple handfuls of spinach, only about 4 kale leaves (they can make it bitter if you use too many, but have excellent health benefits) about 6 large leaf lettuce leaves and I had some chard from my garden, about 4 large leaves of that. You can mix and match whatever you want in here.
Mmmm yummy green juice!
These gorgeous Monarch Caterpillars are busy munching away at my Dill. I don’t mind as I planted it as a companion for the Onion that was growing there. I already harvested 1 plant but I will share if it means more Monarchs in the world.
Here is my garden this summer. I am doing the square foot gardening method. I will say its good to not have the two beds connected. It makes it difficult to get to the center of it without stepping in the beds. Otherwise I like it so far. I have been harvesting Strawberries, chard, lettuce and some peas. I have the peas and pole beans growing up the Sunflowers as a trellis. The peas weren’t fond of it but the pole beans took to it easily. I also have cucumbers climbing the corn. although it appears they would prefer mainly to stay on the ground. Its a work in progress but it sure looks pretty this year!