Moving from the city to the suburbs was a big transition, but one of the things I was most excited about moving to a house with a big yard was being able to plant my own vegetable garden.
Luckily we had a blank canvas with plenty of sun behind our garage the perfect size for some garden beds. It was all dirt and weeds, but with a lot of work (raking, bringing in dirt), and some help from my husband and step dad, I now have a beautiful area to plant vegetables.
Here is H with my stepdad “helping” rake and fill in the beds.
First we raked all of the dirt up and got rid of the weeds and leveled out the surface. Then my handy guys built two raised beds with 2x4s. We then put weed cloth down in the beds and around them, filled the beds with top soil and laid more weed cloth on top of that. I then cut holes in the weed cloth wherever I wanted to plant my seeds or vegetables and dug a few inches down with a trowel. I planted them, then covered the weed cloth once again, this time with Miracle Gro.
Here are the two beds planted with the weed cloth. We still had to put the weed cloth and mulch down around them on the ground.
In the back of the beds, we left some space for plants that spread out and would do better outside of a bed like melons or pumpkins.
For my tomatoes, I used twigs from my hydrangea bush (that I cut back) and made these tee pees as trellises. With some water and care, we are excited and hopeful that we will have green beans, zucchini, squash, bell peppers, lettuce, onions, melons, tomatoes, and cucumbers.