DIY Raised Garden & Other Small Backyard Projects
I don’t have much of a green thumb but I’m working on it! And this summer I was bound and determined to plant some kind of a garden. Since Maverick, our big guy, spends a lot of time outside I didn’t want him to be tempted to dig up, pee on, or eat any of our plants so I decided to do a raised garden. I found this old water trough locally for $40 and thought it would be perfect as well as add a fun element to the yard. I mean who doesn’t love galvanized metal and rust? Ed and I made another flower box using fence panels we had left over and attached it to the fence above the water trough. I had read that lettuce can be planted in shallow containers such as this and we were excited to try it 🙂
The trough took a TON of dirt to fill up. We put top soil in the bottom that we got for free from the local dirt pile (gotta love rural towns!) and then added garden mix in about the top third.
Instead of growing everything from seeds I decided to spend a little extra and purchase already started plants from our local greenhouse. This was completely worth it because it was no time before they started producing. I bought 5 romaine lettuce, 5 iceberg type lettuce, 2 tomato plants, 3 pepper, and then later 3 cucumber plants; which we planted in the washtub stand. I basically planted some of the stuff we eat everyday. 🙂 One tip I heard from a seasoned gardener while shopping for plants was to never put them in the ground before Mother’s Day; advice I heeded and planted the weekend following.
Most of the things we planted took about 3-4 weeks to start producing, but it felt like no time before long the garden looked like the pictures below and we were able to pick fresh tomatoes almost daily. We’ve actually frozen quite a bit because we couldn’t keep up! I’d say year one of the DIY raised garden a success!
There’s such a simple gratification of growing your own food and I believe my thumb is a little greener for it too. Now it’s almost November and I’ll be sad when it stops. After eating home-grown produce it’ll be hard to go back to store-bought this winter. My goal for next year is to build some kind of green house so we can enjoy fresh fruit and veggies all year round.
I mentioned in a previous article that as my style has evolved I changed some things outside and I wanted to share updated pictures of the backyard as the season winds down. I love lots of texture with the classic simplicity of a neutral palette. I’m sure you’ll hear me say this again when I begin sharing all of the decor upgrades inside the house 🙂 You can see some of the purposeful areas are starting to come together in our little backyard.
Another small project I did was making the Adirondack chairs we have sitting by our fire pit. I made them using left over fence panels. Shout out to my brother Alex whom I made come over and help me with these! It builds character kid! You’re welcome! Lol!
Also one of Ed’s friends had some left over landscaping bricks which we used to make the fire pit. You can’t beat free, however that is one of the things I hope to upgrade soon just because I want a more natural look.
We’re slowly incorporating some of the old with the new outside as well 🙂 Both the grain tin, the ammo box, and the galvanized washtub are from my Dad, he had lots of treasures. Lol! I also surprised Ed with a pool one hot summer day when we were several weekends into a major interior remodel, which I CANNOT wait to show you! It makes me laugh but we used that little pool nearly everyday 🙂 Sometimes it’s literally the little things! All of our outdoor cushions are from Amazon and I highly recommend them! Excellent quality, they’ve held up well even in the elements, and great price too! Now is definitely the time of the year to buy! You can find the chair cushions here and the bench one here.
One change you’ll notice is that I added a sign on the shed. I made it using a pallet I found, some left over paint, and some stencils. I simply cut the palette in half, brush painted it white and then stenciled the black letters on. I think it makes a fun focal point for the backyard.
As I’ve said before being able to enjoy the outdoors is important to both of us. I know personally nothing clears my head or inspires me like some fresh air and time spent outside. We’re also constantly trying to lean toward a more natural, healthy, simple lifestyle and our little backyard has provided that in more ways than one, including our DIY raised garden. I hope you enjoyed the up-to-date tour of our backyard! It’s a little haven just for us, created by us and I’m already excited for the projects we have planned for Spring! But there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy your own backyard this beautiful Fall season! Thanks for stopping by our little blog!