Last month Husband built me a raised garden box. Actually, he built two. But we only had time to fill one, so we'll most likely wait until the winter season to put in the other one. Can I just say, I think I might be a gardener. Or more accurately, I want to be... My parents are dedicated, amazingly talented gardeners. Actually, they're even Master Gardeners (you can check them out at Sweet Life Garden).
I always grew up surrounded by chickens, raised garden beds, orchards and urban farming, and frankly, as a child, it just seemed like too much work. . . Then I grew up and realized all of the pesticides and chemicals that go into our food and fresh produce, and knew that I had to put in raised beds for our family's produce.
So, we called up my parents and Steve went to work building the boxes, and I went to the nursery to get all of the ingredients. You can check out a step by step process at Sweet Life Garden. We used what's called the Lasagna Method and it's super easy and fun. After we were done layering the garden bed, I headed back to the nursery and picked up Kale, Broccoli, Asian Greens, Lettuce, Spinach and a few more of our favorite veggies.
Here is Jill from Sweet Life, better known as Grammy, helping spread the first layer of burlap coffee bags.
Next we added the steer manure
Then we hosed that down and added the straw and mulch
We sprayed each level to seal in the moisture. We also made sure to spread each layer evenly throughout the box.
Lastly, we added Patio Plus and some potting soil. By this time it was getting dark and the mosquitoes were eating us alive.
The sweet little produce
This little man sat staring at us, wondering why it smelled like cow manure, and why wouldn't someone just pick him up already?!?
We planted the vegtables about three weeks ago and take a look! The little sprigs are getting so big! Max and I go out every morning and water and inspect the day's growth. It's really amazing to see. I feel like a proud parent watching my green children grow.