Today I am just going to give a few pictures of the raised bed gardens I built last summer, that are now thriving this summer! Raised beds are hard work to start, you have to purchase the wood and build them (which is pricey), then you have to buy dirt or empty your compost bin, which is a lot of shovelling and wheelbarrow work! However, once you are done the benefits are amazing!!! It has been over a month since I planted all the vegetables and I have only pulled a few weeds! It’s amazing! My front garden which is not a raised bed, I have to weed almost daily
I purchased 2×10 boards (not pressure treated), 3″ screws, and 6 yards of dirt/manure combo from my local gardening store. I built them (with the help of my Dad!) and filled the bottom with cardboard and hay, this helps kills the grass and prevents weeds. I then filled them with dirt (which was back breaking I must say ).
To add some calcium I ground up dried chicken eggs shells, and sprinkled it in and turned the dirt over. I also added bunny manure from my bun-buns Loopsey and Scooter. That is their only contribution to the homestead, their poop! AKA bunny balls. One of the best manures to add to a garden, it does not have to be composted first! Bonus! That is all for today! Next post I will get into transplanting and such! 😄