Saturday, April 25, 2009

First raised bed

Today our new gardening adventure begins!

To make the raised bed Tom bought three 2x10 spruce planks, 8 feet long. He used the full-length boards for the 8 foot sides and cut one in half for the ends. We smoothed out an area and placed the frame; then we dug soil out of the garden where the walkways will be and filled the frame with the soil to make the raised bed.

Inside are transplanted chives, pansies which Tom's mother gave us, Bloomsdale Long Standing spinach seeds and Dwarf Jewel Mix nasturtium seeds.


  1. Oh, they are scillas aren't they? I have some under my window, they are finished now for us, but the thrill when that wonderful blue opens itself to the world is very deep.

  2. This is great Nan. I can't wait to see how this bed grows.

  3. What a pretty picture at the top of the ol' blog today. It was a beautiful day, wasn't it? But I just looked at the temp in the kitchen and at 9 PM it was 78 degrees. Too hot! I guess the storm windows will have to come out soon.

  4. HI Nan: I am sure your raised beds will be a success. We have not been able to make a start on our garden yet, as the weather has been too cold. Our seed potatoes are all lined up on our dining room window, ready for the garden, so hopefully within the next week or so, they will go into the ground.

  5. I like the idea of raised beds - for the knees and back relief as well as the look of it.

  6. Ooooooo, how lovely!

    Hope you enjoy all the wonderful things you've planted. This is a wonderful time of year, isn't it?

  7. Nan- That is going to be beautiful when everything pops up!! I love nasturtiums. They are such a happy flower.
    We got our garden in on Friday and I am already thinking of meals to make with our vegetables. :)

  8. Hooray is right, Kiirstin!

    Yes, Carole, they are scillas! What a great color. I don't have snowdrops or crocuses - these are the first color in my garden. And the daffs just blossomed today!

    Lisa, me either! The second one is going in right now.

    Hip Chick, I love combining flowers and vegetables together.

    KSV - ain't it the truth! We go from cold to hot. :<) It was boiling in our bedroom last night.

    Those potatoes must look beautiful, Donna! I love potatoes.

    Susan, I've already found that to be true yesterday putting in the plants. It was so easy to not have to travel down a row bent over at the lower back. I really like the idea of contained work like this. The bed is easily accessed by all sides.

    Mindy, it is a great time!

    Karin, do you eat your nasturtiums? They are very cheerful!

  9. I'm happy for you! I started raised bed gardening a couple springs ago and I really like it. I want two more this year.


  10. Jody, thank you for your encouraging words!

  11. Looks great! We are hoping to put a raised bed in our yard this year.

  12. I'll be interested to see your progress, Jeanette. And if you can stop at one. :<)


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