Raising The Garden, Part III

by Josh on May 28, 2008 · 5 comments

in garden,Projects


That’s a word I don’t get to say or write often enough around here. At least not without conditions like “finished for today” or “finished part ‘x’ of much larger project ‘y’.” But today, I can say that the raised garden bed project is really completely finished.

In Part II of this story, the raised garden bed framing was in place, but it needed fencing, gates, soil work and plants. Over the Memorial Day weekend I found just enough time to complete all of these remaining items.

Garden Lettuce Detail

I used coated chicken wire for the fencing, which should last longer without rusting than the old uncoated wire I removed at the start of this project. I wish the green color of the wire didn’t clash so badly with the lumber, but it’s imperceptible at anything other than a raking angle or close examination.

For the gates, I had intended to build swinging wood framed doors, but instead I just installed a piece of the chicken wire at a lower “step over” height in the gate openings. I was already accustomed to stepping over the old garden fence, and eliminating the swinging gates allowed me to save a bit of money on lumber and hardware.

With the garden construction complete, I worked some composted manure and peat moss into the soil with my hand tiller, then planted my vegetables. Other than the lettuce, it looks pretty pathetic right now, but many items like the pole beans, carrots and beets are all just starting from seeds.

As a summary, here is a before and after comparison of the vegetable garden:

Garden Bed Before

Garden Bed After

It feels good to be finished!

As pleased as I am with the garden, though, the real star of the backyard right now is the lilac hedge. It is in peak bloom and looks gorgeous draping the birdhouse arbor.

Lilacs and Arbor

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandy May 29, 2008 at 5:30 pm

I love lilacs! I can almost smell them. The garden looks great! I like the coated chicken wire.


kim June 2, 2008 at 8:16 am

This is the most beautiful vegetable garden ever. Nice job! I’d like to see more of the birdhouse arbor sometime.


fred June 2, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Wonderful! Congrats on getting the job done… it’s always nice to cross something off the list… what’s weird is that the list never seems to get shorter.


Josh June 3, 2008 at 9:34 am

You’re right about the length of the list, Fred. Always something to do: it’s one of the immutable laws of home improvement.


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