We started our garden in mid-March, taking a bit of a risk because there was a potential for frost. It didn’t frost and we have a thriving garden in late April!
We’re enjoying watching the garden grow each and every day and are really loving that the raised beds are low maintenance.
We currently have four 3×3 beds and one 3×6 bed in our garden area.
We have planted (in these beds):
- Tomatoes (Cherry, Beefsteak and Romas)
- Bell Pepper
We’re almost ready to begin harvesting some of our lettuce and our corn is really growing (I’m looking forward to some sweet corn!)
Our larger raised bed was made out of reclaimed wood! There was a large pile of wood at the back of our property and my husband turned it into another raised bed. We have planted tomatoes, herbs and marigolds in this bed.
We turned an old sink (another back of the property find) into a mini garden for our 2-year-old. Ironically, the tomatoes in his garden look the best!
In addition to these raised beds in the ‘garden area’, we also have a long square foot bed lining our front walk which contains tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, cucumbers, carrots, peas, lettuce and cilantro. Everything is growing really well in this bed and I really love how it look lining our walk!
Since squash and zucchini take up so much room, we planted ours along our fence and in a little bed on the side of our house. We already have 2 mini squash growing! I love squash and I’m so excited about eating our own squash (I’ve never raised squash or zucchini!)
We also have strawberries in the bed on the side of the house and our 3 plants from last year put on a lot of strawberries. Unfortunately, we only have been able to enjoy a few since the birds love them too. (We’re putting up netting next year so we can eat our strawberries!)
So far, I’m really enjoying the square foot gardening method in the raised beds. It really is so simple. We’ve had weeds but it has been manageable, I’ve spent just a few minutes every few days pulling weeds out of the beds (typically while holding a baby!) If you want to garden but don’t want to deal with the hassle of intense maintenance with tilling, weeding, hoeing and so on, raised beds are the way to go!
How’s your garden growing? Are you doing raised beds, container gardening or traditional gardening this year?