My 1st Attempt at a Raised Bed Garden

I don’t know if I would classify myself as a gardener or one who loves to do anything of the sort but for some reason, I really wanted to try planting a garden. Having said that, I wanted the “easiest” garden there was. ;)

I purchased a raised bed garden that had 2 sections, some seed, dirt and started my first garden. I just planted the one section first. Thought I’d see how that went and then try the other section.

I planted carrots, snap peas and zucchini. Looks pretty good, right?!

It must have looked really good to my doggies too because this is what happened to my beautiful planted garden the next day:

The plastic is from the dirt bags. We laid down newspaper first and then kept the plastic from the bottom of the dirt bags to try to keep the weeds from sneaking in. Great plan but I think the dogs knew there was something under the dirt that needed to get dug up. :/

So I leveled it out the best I could, put up a fence and just hoped that I’d might just have rows of what I had planted vs seeds everywhere. The Garden was a little bit of a mess but it didn’t turn out too bad.  Even the fence didn’t keep out the little dog though so I had to continue to improve the fence to keep her out.

Eventually my little garden did grow! It’s just so fun watching what you’ve planted, grow. The kids like it too. My carrots are not ready yet but the snap peas and the zucchini are doing great. See the picture below of the first zucchini that I picked. I actually don’t know when they should be picked but this guy is huge and I was pretty sure he was ready. :D

First thing my daughter asked is if I could make zucchini cookies today. So that’s what we’ll be doing. I’m looking forward to finding more recipes too!

The only thing I will do for my next garden is not plant all of that together. The zucchini really needs more room and the snap peas kind of got squished in the middle. But it was a great first attempt and I’m having fun with my garden!

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  1. shannon says:

    I love fresh veggies, I lol at your dogs. We used to keep a fairly small garden then we moved and our neighbor plants a garden so I tell him what I want and he plants it. His tomatoes did really well but the cucumbers and squash was not as good. I would love to try making zucchini bread. It sounds really good. I have never heard of the cookie before.

  2. Sherry says:

    What a great little garden! Congrats on planting one and something actually growing. I do not have a green thumb, I leave all that to my Mother-in-Law. She plants anything we want to eat and we always have plenty of fresh veggies on hand. Keep it up!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Great idea! I’ll have to try this next year! I love fresh veggies, but they’re SO expensive!

  4. Crystal says:

    We attempted a garden this year too. Next year…raised bed…with a fence!

  5. Leah says:

    I have been wanting to make one of these off a wile now! Great for you!

  6. Looks like the dogs weren’t to rough on ya, they could have dug up the dirt as well must’ve just been curious. Nice set up you have hope it works well for you.

  7. Elena Anne says:

    Well done on your first raised bed. Is a step closer to nature and a healthy life. I’ve been growing vegetables and fruit for a few years now and i get such a great deal of satisfaction from it, so rewarding. Enjoy!

  8. That’s awesome Dawn!! Way to go..even WITH the
    We didn’t plant anything this year because of the extreme heat.
    Last year we lost everything..too much work to have a repeat performance of THAT! UGH!

  9. Becca says:

    When i was in grade school we did the same bed garden like yours. It was fun and I learn a lot
    which is I want my kids also to learn. I think it is essential to teach our kids how to plants veggies.

  10. Leif Lynch says:

    I love gardening and your idea is great. I like to do what you are doing as well so that I can have a beautiful garden.

  11. Lucy Trim says:

    I like what you are doing. For sure, the plants will grow well on these fertile soil.

  12. Kim Reid says:

    Thanks for sharing your own nice idea for gardening.

  13. Thanks for sharing! I am about to embark on a gardening journey myself and will setup some raised garden beds. Goodluck to me!

  14. Marcia Kin says:

    I love garden. My mom said to me that I have a green palm so I love the idea of soil fertility.

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