This year I started my first vegetable garden and composting for the first time too (I don’t have much of a green thumb). I remember when my brother and I were younger my mom had a pretty decent size garden in our back yard. My mom and grandma (who had, what I considered to be a HUGE garden at her place in the country) would can a lot of what they grew, pickles, tomato juice, strawberry jam.
I rent a duplex and didn’t want to dig up the back yard, so I decided to do a container garden. I found three Party Bins from TJMAXX and the price ranged from $12.99 to $24.99. I got lucky and found three matching ones at three different times. I drilled drainage holes in the bottom of them and filled them with dirt. In the small one I planted my basil and oregano, the medium one I have strawberries and the large one I have carrots.
I had old planters that I took from my parents’ house and planted tomatoes. And I built a raised garden bed. For the bed I had found pre-cut 1×4 boards, they were around 4 feet-just the size I was looking for, at Menard’s for $0.89 a board-score! I had weed liner and picked up a 4x4x8, two rolls of chicken wire fence.
To make the garden I had my dad cut the 4×4 into 18 inch pieces. Then I pre-drilled holes in each board and the cut 4×4 pieces. I did two holes for each end of the board and used lag bolts to hold everything together. Once assembled I cut the chicken fence, which was a pain because all I had was this old kitchen shears – my hand was sore when finished. Next, I stapled the fence to the bottom of the frame.
|Frame and chicken fence
Next I screwed in supports to the bottom of the frame.
Then I stapled a weed liner in the bottom. After that I moved it to the back yard, and laid down newspaper and filled it with soil.
Finally I planted and watered my garden and containers and waited patiently (or tried to) for my hard work to pay off!