Aaaaaah! I have been so excited to share this project with you. Just like in my favorite childhood book, my secret garden has come full circle. It started out beautiful, got neglected, and then was restored. If you want to see what it looked like 8 years ago, you can read my post Welcome to My Secret Garden. My secret garden was basically a large flower bed, and while very pretty, it was a lot work to keep it weed free and looking its best. Last year I closed the gates and forgot about it. In just one year, it was overcome with weeds. I decided to revamp my garden and create a more useful space that required less maintenance. I created raised garden beds for herbs!
The Garden Before:
Raised Garden Beds
Now only these 5 raised garden beds need to be weeded. Actually, since it is new, organic dirt and I use Preen, I probably will have very little, if any, weeds.
Herbs and Cool Weather Vegetables
I planted mint, basil, oregano, lavender, rosemary, thyme, chives, and sage. Since my larger vegetable garden is rarely ready for planting in March when cool weather veggies need to be planted, I can plant things like lettuce, spinach, and peas here too. I have one box full of lettuce and another has some celery.
By having the herbs closer to the house, it is easier to collect what I need for making meals.
Hooks for Tools
I took down the moss art and added some hooks for the garden tools. This tall juniper hides the ugly telephone box.
Morning is my favorite time to be out in the garden. I also love the crunching sound the gravel makes.
All of the details on how I created this space, including all materials used and the tutorial for the planter boxes, can be found on the Home Depot's blog. Head over for more pictures (including an above shot I took hanging out my office window!) and all the information you need to created a raised garden beds :)
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