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Tuesday, May 26, 2015


"Gardening 102"

Garden Raised Bed #3  "Spring 2015"
May 25, 2015

The temperatures has been rising in high 80s this past weekend.  It was a nice three day weekend due to Memorial Day holiday.  We love three day weekends.  I took advantage to work on the backyard again and just about done with the planting.  I just have to transfer the swiss chard and broccoli seedlings once they are capable to stand the outside world.

I wanted another raised bed.  I know... I know... I have too many plants.  But these plants are super beneficial and cost effective too!  Planting/Gardening is a hobby for me to relieve my stress, get some needed exercise, and it's a mediation as well.  "When the body is at ease, the mind is at ease."

Last month I ordered a 42 in. by 42 in. garden raised bed kit from Home Depot at a clearance sale price of $29.98.  Who would pass a price on that?!  Yesterday I finally was able to assemble this raised bed kit.  It took me five minutes to assembly but practically the whole day yesterday to organize and fill the bed.  The weather was super hot (hot as hell) but I wanted to get all the plants out in the ground and outside as early as possible since we are limited to the warm weather. 

simple and ease to assembly
(no instructions were in the box)

a perfect fit

laid out my weed blocker cover

added the raised bed frame on top

added organic soil, peat moss, garden lime, and garden tone

started my dimensional measurements
(this raised bed I wanted organization)

box formation
(better and clearer)

plant away
1st row across:  Rosemary, Marigold, Thai Basil & Cayenne Pepper, Hydrangea
2nd row across:  Marigold & Lacinato Kale, Purple Basil, Vacant (not filled), Sage
3rd row across:  Marigold & Radicchio, Lemon Thyme, Thai Basil & Marigold, Lacinato Kale
4th row across:  Marigold & Yellow Sweet Pepper, Radicchio, Little Finger Eggplant, Stevia & Marigold

Garden Tip:  Plant perennials.  "The Gift that Keeps Giving.  Year after Year."

I had planted these in pot containers...

Blackberry Plant
May 25, 2015

You cannot have a summer with cucumbers and berries!

Cucumber Plant
May 25, 2015

Also, I planted geraniums and snow pea seeds in containers.  (see top picture next to 3rd raised bed)

Updates:  As of May 24 & 25, 2015

Golden Cayenne Peppers Blooming
May 24, 2015

Meyer Lemons Growing
May 24, 2015
Japanese Mustard Greens
May 24, 2015

Two of my tomato plants are struggling.  Under distress.

had to put a stake to hold up the poor thing
San Marzano Tomato Plant
May 24, 2015

another tomato plant not happy
May 24, 2015

As you can see you do not need a green thumb to be a gardener.  Many plants will not make it and some will.  I believe it's trial and error.  You won't know unless you try it.

                                                                                  Enjoy gardening!


  1. It must be fun to have a new bed. I'll never have that here as the whole yard got planned out when we moved here. Not that I need more beds. The ones I have keep me busy as it is.

    1. Yes, I'm thankful to be able to do it. Plus, it feels good that something we are growing came from what we have taken care of and to know it's organic. Daphne you have nice thriving beds and they are growing well. This is it no more beds - hubby complaining too many plants! :)

  2. I'm putting in a bunch of new beds this year as well. It's hard work - especially filling them, which is what I'm doing now...ugh! - but I'm almost at the finish line. I know I'll be so glad they are there in the years to come.

    I couldn't agree with you more - gardening is indeed a hobby for the mind, body & soul.

    1. Margaret it sure is work. Yup, planting and setting the foundation for future is the key. Can't wait to see what you have put together.