|Garden 7 weeks after planting!|
Don't believe me? Well check this out. I took pictures every week for the garden's first 2 months to keep track of its progress. We were amazed at how fast everything grew.
|Week 0- Still adding organic compost.|
|Week 1- All planted. Mostly with seeds except for a few lettuce, eggplant and marigold seedlings.|
|Week 2- Look at those seeds sprouting!|
|Week 3- Yes! Almost all the seeds sprouted!|
|Week 4- Everything is starting grow fast now.|
|Week 5- Starting to harvest lettuce now.|
|Week 6- Harvesting lettuce, radishes and pak choy.|
When we built the garden, I was thinking long term. I desperately wanted a garden, but honestly, was worried I'd be too busy to keep up with one. My 3 little kids keep my hands pretty full. If I was going to keep my sanity, it was time to get real about the type of garden I could maintain. Raised beds were definitely the way to go. They meant no ploughing soil and they're really low maintenance. By mulching down between them, the weeds are easily kept out. They're also brilliant for drainage, which is one of our biggest issues, especially when we get flood rains.
Our garden was made with some of the cheapest raised beds available on the market. We had a hard budget for the beds and have added more to the garden over time as we could afford to. We wanted our beds to last a long time and be safe around the children (with no sharp/rusty edges or nasty chemicals leaching into the soil).
But, boy those beds can grow food! You can pack so much much more into a raised bed that they're constantly paying for themselves. They really make gardening so easy that even my kids can do it and how cool is that? Kids gardening, well that's just plain awesome.
So tell me do you grow in raised beds? Or do you garden the traditional way?
Want to see how we transformed the garden? Click HERE.
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