My friend Erin has one of the best decorated homes of all my friends. I always wish she would come over and do my home next.
When she came to me for advice on building a garden in her backyard I knew it would be something I’d be jealous of… She spent time trolling through Pinterest for ideas and came back to me with a badass bed design!
Now that she’s done I asked her to please write a post so I could share her garden story here. Check it out
As many will agree, one of the best times of year here in Austin is the Spring. As Mother Nature begins shining her warmth upon us, the buds of the trees begin to break free of their dead outer shells, birds begin their morning song ever more enthusiastically, and winter shades of wet cool gray and dull brown magically transform into vibrant green grass carpets, multi-colored seas of wildflowers and bountiful farmer’s markets.
In order to do away with the old and dead and invite all of the natural new energy of the spring season into our yards, first we have to always do a bit of maintenance and clean-up. For Joe and I, spring is the time that we rev our proverbial outdoor beautification engines and get to work on bit by bit, creating our very own outdoor oasis.
One of our goals for this year, among many, has been to plant a garden. Our visions of pergolas and arched gated entries, floral vines covering the whole fence line, and a sea of wild floral beauty in every corner will most likely take years to grow and come to life as we envision it, but thankfully for us, the opposite is true for the vegetables we just planted. In just a few short months, if our thumbs are indeed green, we’ll be reaping the rewards of finally installing a RAISED BED ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDEN in our backyard!
Here’s what we started with: an idea. We looked at all sorts of pictures we found online of beautiful raised beds that we thought we might be able to do ourselves.
Once we had the design we wanted, next came the materials and construction. We used only cedar wood to prevent rot and for the pretty look of it. Pressure treated woods are NOT ideal for vegetable gardens because chemicals can leach into your foods over time. Unless you go to the effort of lining the beds with a plastic or pool liner, cedar is the best way to go for a vegetable garden.
We measured, cut, measured again… then started to assemble the boxes.
Once we chose where we wanted to place it in the backyard, we had to till the ground a bit and tear up some grass to even it out so the beds would lay flat.
With the help of professional gardener, business owner and good friend Liz Baloutine, we filled the beds with awesome organic soil/compost blend and got ready to plant! She helped with the layout and guided me on what to plant for beginners and how to feed and fertilize them with the proper mix of ingredients.
Our beginner vegetable garden includes:
(2) Cherry tomatoes, (1) jalapeño pepper, (1) poblano pepper, (1) big bomb pepper, (1) serrano pepper, (4) cucumbers, basil, thyme, sage and parsley.
Thanks to Liz for all her help. I do hope that the beautiful wet spring weather has been good to all you other gardeners out there. With winter comes the warmth and rain of spring, and with beauty of spring comes the summer harvest! We can’t wait to see how our garden grows, but more importantly, how planting a garden will enlighten our living space and connect us back to the earth. Keep planting! Keep beautifying! Keep working hard to make your outdoor dream space come to life.