After four days of hard work, I can finally say my raised flower bed project is all finished! While I still have a few small things to do (put down mulch and get some garden stakes), everything is pretty much done. I even managed to do all of my hanging pots and planters, which will definitely help liven up the house!
If you read my Weekend Project Updates post from Monday, then you saw I started my huge project this past Saturday. I started by spray painting my flower bed outline and measuring everything before heading to my local Lowe’s to purchase wood for the frame. Can you believe we needed 250 ft of wood?! If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw my poor car weighed down with the stuff. After getting back home and unloading everything, I had to make a separate trip to pick up stakes, screws, and landscape fabric.
After finally getting back with that, I started putting everything together. I hammered the stakes in the ground around the outline of the beds, placed the boards up against them and went crazy with the drill and screws. I added extra stakes as needed around everything and at points were two boards met. Thankfully I was able to borrow a saw from one of my neighbors to cut a few smaller pieces.
After getting everything built, I went around and placed newspaper in the beds themselves, which will hopefully kill most of the grass and eventually just disintegrate under all the dirt. I didn’t want to use the landscape fabric in the beds because worms would have a hard time getting up there, and they are amazing in a garden! Instead, I used the landscape fabric where I was just putting mulch under and close to the pergola. I also stapled some of it to the walls of the beds where there were larger gaps in between the wood boards.
Then came the fun part. Moving 4 cubic yards of dirt! Thankfully my fiancé helped with this part – it took us both all day Monday to do move the dirt and mix in the composed manure. It would have taken me forever to do it by myself, so I’m so happy he offered to help. I told him before I started the project that I was totally ok doing everything myself since I’m the one who wants to deal with all the plants and I absolutely love having a beautiful flower beds. Without even asking, he grabbed our other shovel and helped me haul loads of dirt into the back. So sweet!
We were so tired after we finished that we decided to head to the neighborhood pool to relax and get ready for the next day. While he was working the following morning, I ran to my local plant nursery (Clegg’s) and picked up all of my vegetable plants, herbs, and flowers. You might have seen that on my Instagram story – my car was full of beautiful plants! When I got back home, I placed everything where I wanted it to be and got to work. By this time my fiancé was back home, so he helped me plant and water everything.
While I still have some mulch to put down and stakes to get for all my tomato and bell pepper plants, it’s nice having everything basically done. Now on to the final result! I have my flower beds in sections. Starting from the left and working my way around clockwise I have: my butterfly/hummingbird flowers, herbs (lemon thyme, thyme, basil, dill, mint, parsley), squash, chives, cucumber, bell peppers, and tomatoes (creole, grape, and golden cherry).
**And also – just a side note, thyme (and the lemon thyme) is amazing for infusing vodka with. Thyme vodka makes a killer Moscow Mule!**
I have to switch out the mint with some carrots that are currently in a container. Apparently mint will take over your garden so I need to put it in a container. I am also planting a few of the strawberry roots I have in another, though I don’t think they are going to fruit for this year. Thankfully I’m only trying a few, so I’ll still have a few for next year!
And as I mentioned a little earlier, I even managed to take care of all my hanging pots and planters for the house! All those new looking matching planters and hanging pots? Yeah – spray painted. Each container is at least 2 years old, so I just spray paint them (before planting anything in them or course). You would never know that they were super old just by looking at them, and this way I can reuse them until they break.
I love buying the pre-done hanging planters from my local Lowe’s, but the problem is that the colors/shapes of the pots change from season to season. Spray painting them ensures everything matches and looks how you want, and it makes it easy to change your color schemes from season to season. And no one will ever know!
So what do you think? Do you like how it turned out? Are you working on your own flower beds this summer? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!