Seth and I have talked about putting in a veggie garden for LITERALLY three years. Every year we say, "oh someday we will have a cute little garden and pick our own tomatoes"
Well my friends, someday has finally come. We installed it around April and we're just now enjoying the first few harvests! It's exhilarating to snip off your own produce for dinner. Exhilarating might not be the most accurate word, but you get the point. Because we will be moving in T-Minus 1 month, I want to enjoy all that the garden has to offer before we bounce.
Here's all the deets on how we installed and planned out the garden!
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1) Pick a Location
Try to choose a spot that gets good sun and isn't too close to other large plants. Clear out any sticks, rocks, or plants.
2) Decide a Size
We didn't want an insanely huge garden for our first attempt, so we opted for an 8' x 4' bed. We were able to fit quite a bit in that little plot, so keep that in mind when choosing how large you're going to go.
3) Bury Corner Posts
Next, cut one 8 foot 4x4 into four equal sections. (Say that 10 times fast) This gives you four posts that are 2 feet long each. These are going to be your corner posts. Level out and measure where your corners are going to be, and using a post hole digger, create the holes for each corner. We buried ours about a foot deep and had a foot of 4x4 sticking out of the ground.
4) Attach the Sides
For this step it's really simple! Measure, cut, and attach your side boards using 3 inch wood screws. We chose to use 1x6 boards stacked on top of each other, in order to create that "seam" around the edge. You could however, use a 1x12 for a clean look.
5) Fill with Garden Soil
Self explanatory, but fill your garden with whatever type of soil suits your fancy!
6) Plan Your Fruits and Veggies
For this step we used a garden planning book that we found at the target dollar section. It actually proved to be really useful because you could map out on a grid where you wanted which plants and write out any special instructions for each one. You could do the same thing on a sheet of grid paper! I would highly recommend this, because it helps to have a plan and organize your rows. At least for us Type A folk.
7) Use a Seeding Square
I cannot stress this enough. Get a planting guide like this one, and use it! Each plant needs to be a certain distance from another seedling when buried to help it grow healthy! A little guide like this helps you accurately gauge the distance between seeds, but also how many seeds your laying and how deep they're being buried. I was a skeptic and totally not up for spending the 25 bucks for something so lame, but it truly made planting so simple.
8) Label as you go!
We snagged these little bamboo stakes and a waterproof garden pen to label each variety in our garden! They look cute and are super functional, and now even three months later, they're holding up well!
9) Enjoy Your Harvests!
Follow the directions on each seed packet and water regularly to enjoy a bounty of fresh produce!
I'd love to see your home gardens! Send them to me on Instagram and I'll share my favorites! Happy Harvesting!
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