We have a small backyard- with a lot of needs. Little man and Angus the dog love to play in the grass, we have a large concrete patio and firepit, and when I bought my house, we were given precious little room to transform into a garden. My husband and I debated installing raised garden beds (which I really, really wanted…) but in a neighborhood with a lot of new construction aimed at families, we figured it would be best to keep our lawn in-tact in case we sell our house anytime in the near future.
So we started trying to figure out where to put in a garden. The most logical choice was in between our fence and lawn, in an area covered in river rock. After a while of hauling endless amounts of river rock, we have finally completed our west and north facing wrap around garden, and I can’t wait to share this easy, durable and beautiful solution with you!
Here’s how my wonderful hubby did it:
First off, please mind our grass. This is Northern Colorado- we’re trying! See that pile of redwood in the grass? We got a bunch of 12′x4″ UNTREATED planks. When building a garden, it is really important to get untreated wood- so you don’t end up having a bunch of chemicals leaching into your food. While redwood is pretty darn expensive, it is sturdy, weather resistant, and won’t rot- providing all of the protection a treated wood would have. It is more expensive, but to be chemical free it is worth it!
Once your garden area is cleared out, lay your wood as an outline of your garden bed- in front and back.
Next, my husband took some smaller planks, cut them into thirds, and cut a picket shape out of the tops to make stakes to anchor the garden frame.
He then pounded the stakes into the ground behind the garden frame, and drilled the frames into the stakes to anchor them. This keeps your frame from tipping, spilling and can help you get an even appearance.
He put stakes up about every six feet, along the front and back frames.
Next, we filled up the bed with over 50 cubed feet of garden soil, manure, and mushroom compost.
Let the soil sit for about a week before planting, if possible to let it “set”.
To maintain the garden every year, we rototill the soil in fall after the plants die, and we rotate where we plant each crop every year. I am so excited to have a garden that is twice as big this year- and that my sweet husband already planted a bunch of flowers, herbs, tomatoes and plants for me!
Since I was inside nursing a fussy baby for a lot of the construction, I wasn’t able to take complete pictures. PLEASE email me or leave your questions below and I will respond to them (via my husband) with as much info as possible!