Let’s all bop around this today.—
A few moments ago our intern asked me for post graduation advice. The only words that came out of my mouth were “become a nanny and apply to as many jobs as possible”. What’s wrong with me? That was terrible advice. What I should have said was this:
Thank you Ira Glass for always having the right words to say at the right moment.
A true statement: I love to make fun of myself. I asked my husband to take a photo of me cooking for my instagram account (super interesting, right?) Instead he took a video. In attempts to look artsy, I looked ridiculous…which I love. Let’s all laugh at our cool attempts with social media.—
Happy official Spring friends! A couple weekends ago I put on my work clothes and built our raised garden bed. I thought I’d share with you some of the steps I took to create my square foot gardening bed and the tools I used along the way. I am by no means a skilled carpenter so lets just pretend you can hear my woman power roaring through this post with my power drill in hand and obliging my unnecessary feminine graphic design touches.
Supplies - I found most of my building supplies at Home Depot just down the street but I think any hardware store will do!
Compost- We found our compost through Nashville Public Works for $4.23. If you choose to use the Bordeaux facility, expect that you will be greeted by a disheveled man that looks exactly like Charles Mason. He may even talk like ole Charlie. Don’t be afraid…just keep driving towards the compost. Tell the man at the compost that you’ll put the compost into your car by yourself, hand him all the change you have in your sticky change compartment $4.23 and go on your merry way.
Build Your Bed
1. Heave and hoe your compost to your garden destination.
2. Work the ground. Remove all the weeds, grass and level out the existing soil. Using a garden hoe worked best for me. (This is the most exhausting part.)
3. Assemble 4 pieces of wood into a square. Attach by using L-Brackets within each corner.
4. Unroll your chicken wire and place on the bottom of your bed. Secure with metal stakes into the ground. You may need to cut your chicken wire to fit. My fancy sewing scissors did just the trick.
5. With a shovel, fill your bed with a majority of compost with peat moss sprinkled in. Make sure your soil is at least 6” deep.
6. Create your square foot gardening grid by first hammering a nail into the sides of the wood every 12”.
7. Use your garden twine to create a grid by stringing between each nail head.
If you have issues with rabbits or rodents, consider doing steps 8 & 9. Rabbits have been my worst nightmare with gardening and flowers.
8. I bought pieces of wood molding to create my net protector. This probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do because at some point it will rot. I hear plastic PVC pipe is much better. Whichever route you go down, bend the pipes or molding and place them within each corner so it creates a dome over your bed.
9. Purchase a net to drape over the arch. I purchased mine from a local Nashville store called All Seasons
10. The final step! Plant your seeds! Each seed packet will have instructions on the best time to plant for your area of the country.
I hope this helps! I saw my first signs of spinach popping out today which was extremely exciting after all this work.