Raised Beds

The Finished Product
The Finished Product

Happy Rainy Friday to those of you in Greensboro,

I hope that you all had a marvelous fourth of July.  Mine was filled with labor, a labor of love.  I finally have my own garden, and I couldn't be happier.

My folks drove all the way from OH, starting on Wednesday and getting in early Thursday morning to help me put in a raised bed for my garden, paint the kitchen and who knows what else.  I'll do a picture blog today of our adventures yesterday.

First we unloaded everything that my dad brought to help in the various projects that we may undertake.  This is only half of what he brought!!

Tools
Tools

Next we went to Lowes to get supplies

Then we went to Lowe's for supplies
Then we went to Lowe's for supplies

My Papa Securing the wood for the raised bed

The Best Papa Ever!
The Best Papa Ever!

I needed to mow the lawn and I didn't really want to use the gas mower under the house so I bought one of these.  I've never had so much fun mowing the lawn in my life.  It helps that I don't have much grass, but this is the best invention ever!

An old fashion push mower
An old fashion push mower

I unloaded the soil while my dad put the raised bed together

Unloaded
Unloaded

My Papa putting the raised bed together

Boards
Boards

You lay down a layer of cardboard to kill the grass and clover.  Then you soak the cardboard so that it doesn't dry-out the bed.

Cardboard base
Cardboard base

We loaded up the bed with the dirt.  It took the full 20 pounds and truth be told it probably could have used a little more, at least another 5 would have been good.

Dirt in the bed
Dirt in the bed
Evening it out
Evening it out

By this point, I smelled pretty bad, sweet and dirt.

Planting
Planting
My Papa and I
My Papa and I

My biggest regret from yesterday you ask?  No pictures of my mom!!! I'll change that today.  We will be painting my kitchen.  Before and after pictures coming soon!

Happy Independence day weekend!