My always focused husband was able to start the project off. He did some online research and found a great site that gave detailed instructions on how to build the raised beds. The 1st bed measured 3x6 and the 2nd at 3x8. He spent the weekend working on them with our son, so I would say realistically, this is a two day weekend project.
Here's the price breakdown of what it cost to build two raised beds:
Plants: watermelon (sweet baby), cantaloupe, lemon cucumber, green cucumber, 3 heirloom tomato varieties, cherry tomato, okra, pole beans, jalapeno peppers, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, zucchini~$60
WEEK ONE: Raised beds are installed and freshly planted. Officially started the week of June 8th, 2012.
WEEK FOUR: The pole beans are starting up the pole. Plants are starting to thrive and are happy. Have not added any plant food or anything.
|Basil on the left corner and center, zucchini on right corner. Note to self: Zucchini will need at least 3-4 ft of growing space. My zucchini ended up shading my basil.|
WEEK SIX: Plants have more than tripled in size.
|Here's a close up of the watermelon and cucumber plants.|
|Here are the heirloom tomato varieties. I love heirloom varieties because they are indeterminate and thrive for a couple of seasons.|
|Zucchini is about 2ft wide at this point and is flowering. The flowers are so pretty.|
WEEKS 8-12: The Garden is in Full bloom and all of my plants are producing. We have harvested a couple of large zucchini's like the one my son is holding. I used half of this one for zucchini bread and the other for stir fry, yummy!
|Extra Large Zucchini!|
|Yellow Squash- this was so sweet and tender when I sauteed it with garlic, salt & pepper.|
|All ready for cooking.|
|Baby Cantaloupe growing..|
|The Raised Bed Garden after three months of growth.|
|Cucumbers- Delicious is all I can say!|