While waiting for it to stay consistently warm, I’ve been out in the yard digging up tons of weeds all while not-so-patiently waiting for the peonies and wisteria to bloom!! So after lots of late freezes and just chilly days in general, I’ve finally been working on prepping the veggie garden! My next step was to get my raised garden bed set up in an area of the yard with lots of sunlight. I put together a pretty basic frame because it’s way back in the yard and honestly it’s just supposed to hold dirt together, right?! I’m so excited for the next steps and seeing what veggies actually grow! Below there is a tutorial on how to put together a raised garden bed and then after that I’m talking about the next steps/updates from our first gardening post! So you can pass over that if you’re not interested in gardening or just stick around to see pictures of me planting a sweet little lavender plant! Ever since we went on our California trip and visited Carmel Valley Ranch, I’ve needed my own lavender plant – dreams coming true, friends! 😉What you need:
-Three 8′ pieces of untreated wood
-Saw
Corner Braces
-Drill
-Cute gardening gloves to inspire you to get to work…

How to make it:
-Take one of the 8′ boards, measure to the center and cut in half into two pieces.
-Secure boards together using corner braces on the inside of each corner. I added one corner brace to the middle of each inside corner and brackets on the top and bottom of each outside corner.
-Fill with nutrient rich soil and compost. Don’t pack down the soil too tight!
Next steps:
-I’m starting to transition the seeds that I’ve been growing indoors to the outdoors before planting them in the garden. So I’m bringing them outside in the morning and then bringing them back in before the afternoon light is too intense for them. At the end of the week, I’ll transfer them to the garden.

-I’m planting the carrot seeds, rhubarb, asparagus, and garlic directly into the new garden bed as well as the sweet potatoes that started sprouting in the water.

-I couldn’t get my rosemary or lavender to grow so I bought some organic plants and planted them in the separate herb garden that I dug out.
xo. Caitlin

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