Thursday, June 12, 2014

Raised Bed Gardening with Cinder Blocks

Having been away from blogging for a while before my last post, I almost feel like the new kid on the block again.  It was just a couple of months, but feels longer. So, thank you for being here!

With the exception of photography, my creative endeavors have been lacking recently too.  Some people become more creative when confronted with life's challenges. I, on the other hand, tend to kind of go the opposite way.

With that said, I have many things to be thankful for over the last few months!

For one, my sweet baby girl (age 20!) is home from college for the summer. She goes to school locally, but lives in a dorm during the school year. So it's nice to see her face every day.  Plus, I love how she kick starts all of the gardening around here.  Have you seen these raised bed gardens made from cinder blocks on Pinterest?  She did, and actually decided to try it. (I had to cart the cinder blocks home from Home Depot in two trips--those things are HEAVY and weigh down the car. Thankfully, an employee loaded them for me.  This is one of the times a truck would have been useful...)

What do you think of the tie-dye crocs?


Yep, that is corn coming up.

These are easy to make--Try it!   Place the cinder blocks on the ground to form a rectangle (size optional), lay down some weed fabric or newspaper, and add your soil. (I'm not sure how important the weed fabric or newspaper is, since this is the first year we've done this...)  Then start planting.  My daughter put corn in the large section and marigolds in the small spaces.  (Did you know marigolds repel some garden insects?) If you'd like to sit while you garden, leave a few of the small spaces empty.

Now if we could just keep the rabbits away...

We're appreciating the nicer weather  and are enjoying coffee on the deck again--a simple pleasure. Sunny loves it too (well, the deck, not the coffee)  and will snooze in my arms until I go in.

Why is this picture so big??   No clue...

Are you doing any gardening this year?

Linking to:
Crafty Spices
Katherine's Corner
Fishtail Cottage Garden Party
SITS Saturday Sharefest


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  1. Hi there, dear Pam! Great to "see" you! :) I know you must be enjoying your gal being back home for a while. Sweet Sunny must be also! I've been a bit absent from the blogging world too. I'm with you - when challenges roll in, creativity rolls out. If you get a chance, let us know how your garden does. That's a neat idea - I love Pinterest! Well, my bloggy friend, I hope that you have a good summer with your family!

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    1. Hi Mrs. Smith! Yes, we are all so glad to have her home. I hope you have a good summer too!

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  2. My husband does a lot of raised bed gardening. It's incredible!

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    1. That's awesome. My sister does too, but this is our first try. If the rabbits stay away, this little garden may have a chance!

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  3. Since we live in a condo, I can't use this idea, but it's a good one.

    Hugs,
    Kat

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    1. Honestly, I would gladly trade my garden for your view of the ocean, Kat!

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  4. It's nice to have you blogging again!!
    This is a great idea that I'm sure many can put to use.
    Have a great rest of the week!!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you have a great weekend too.

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  5. Nice idea!
    I'm gardening with a single patio pepper plant :)

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    1. I hope you get some beautiful peppers, Dawn. :)

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  6. Good luck with the rabbits. We usually have lots of rabbits here so I was concerned about putting a garden out this year. But so far, no evidence of any rabbits.

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    1. Thanks. I just bought some rabbit repellent this morning. We have SO MANY RABBITS. I used to think they were cute...

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  7. Great post ~ I personally don't have any raised garden beds, but hope to someday try something similar! Thank you so much for linking up to this weeks Garden Party over here at Fishtail Cottage's! oxox

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    1. Thanks! Also, thanks for hosting the linkup.

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  8. What a great idea! No rabbits here, just snails and I think being rough they might keep them off :-)

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    1. Thank you! You are so lucky not to have these troublesome rabbits. One year we planted lettuce, and the rabbits literally ate every piece!

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  9. We do everything in pots on the deck. I have 5 tomatoes, beans, and a ton of herbs. So far so good! The herbs are going crazy and it's nice to just have everything right outside on the deck. I think I am going to try to bring stuff in this year in the fall and see how long I can keep it going.

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  10. I have wanted to have a little herb garden for a while now. It would be great to have fresh herbs so available and right on the deck.

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  11. This is a wonderful idea! I wish I had a green thumb, though.

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