We love to garden! Some wonder how we find the time since we are so busy. With a few tips and tricks gardening can be done with little-to-no work! Promise! I think the ultimate thing you need to do is figure out what inspires you in the garden. Gardening does not have to be complicated if you have fun garden projects! Another thing to keep in mind is the dreaded word “weeds”. If you can get them under control you can garden my riend! Today we are excited to share with you How to Build a Timber Garden Border plus we want to give you our own vegetable garden tips and tricks!
Miracle-Gro has a new initiative its called The Gro Project! It’s a great resource to get you inspired! Miracle-Gro wants to simplify gardening for a whole new class of gardeners and show that it can be easy, fun and enjoyable! This is a growing movement of theirs and they WANT the passion to come out starting with you!
You can watch this video to get inspired!
This commercial seriously gets me energized and ready to tackle any garden project big or small.
We want to share with you what we have been working on in our garden over the past few weeks. I say over the past few weeks because we are now in rainy season in Florida and every night after we get home from work the skies decide to open and we are stuck inside. Since building our raised garden beds the other year we have always dealt with fire ants and other bugs… and the fact that I hate grass touching my legs! So we came up with a brilliant idea (I say we… really we all know it was Jon who came up with the amazing idea). Why not remove all the grass, add some mulch, and timbers to box in the area!?!? Above you’ll see what our garden looked like before the big transformation.
How to Build a Timber Garden Border
- Wheel barrel
- Chop Saw
- 7/8″ Fostner bit
- LiquaFeed All Purpose Plant Food Advance Starter Kit
- Miracle-Gro Garden Soil for Flowers & Vegetables
We started by cleaning up our garden! Our spring mixed looked beautiful but due to the extremely warm weather the leaves began to turn bitter. This is what happens with lettuce when grown in a very warm climate. So Sadly, we had to remove the lettuce we had been munching on for the past few months. Did you know that you just cut the spring mix from the bottom and it regenerates in just a few days? I swear I haven’t bought salad in months! It was such a nice treat!
We also picked the last of our cherry tomatoes (they filled an entire big bowl and the pitcher as seen above).
To make room for the new crop we slowly started to remove our beloved and very rogue cherry tomato bush! This beautiful tomato plant popped up out of no where and yielded us hundreds of beautiful and plump cherry tomatoes. It was slowly starting to get eaten alive by all the bugs and it was nearing its end. It was looking very “stickly”… and yes that is a word!
Tomato & other garden debris!
After the garden was cleaned up, Jon started to remove the grass from around the raised garden beds.
While Jon worked on that I began adding new soil to our garden! We had bags and bags of Miracle-Gro soil waiting for me to add it to our garden!
Working in the garden is new for me! But I enjoy it and know that I only need to spend a little bit of time to make a big impact! I did not grow up gardening nor did I have a green thumb. In my opinion, Miracle-Gro has helped me succeed at gardening. We love their products and use them all the time on our garden. Remember, that’s my opinion… not a claim!
After finishing removing all the grass it was time to get building the border around our garden!
With a 90-degree ruler you’ll want to mark the edges of your timbers to create 90 degree angles that will but together.
Cut the wood timbers to size. You’ll notice that the edges fit together like a picture frame! This gives it a much more polished look.
Place the wood timbers in the patter of your choosing. Then using a drill with a 7/8″ Fostner bit drill a hole all the way through the timber.
Next, cut rebar to be 1-foot long. This will help secure your wood timbers. Then place the rebar in the drilled hole.
Using a hammer, hammer the rebar in the ground.
Make it flush with the wood timbers.
Lastly, place mulch in between the timber garden border and around your raised garden beds!
Voila! Your finished! Now you can have a nice walkway around the garden beds!
Take a look at the gorgeous transformation with the before and after! What do you think about our newly revamped garden bed? Since my mom has been in the hospital over the past few days I came home to our timber garden border being complete the other day. Seriously, Jon knocked this out of the park. I don’t know what I would do with out him. I’m smitten for how our garden looks! And if you look closely you might just see another cool feature we added to the garden (but we won’t be revealing it for another few weeks)! Oh, and while I’m thanking people let me just thank my good from Sarah at While They Snooze. I was stumped on what to name this project and she came up with the clever title: How to Build a Timber Garden Border! That is what I call a great friend!
I love our new timber garden border and enjoy walking around the garden now without being bit by fire ants and without any grass touching my legs!
If your thinking of starting a vegetable garden here are a few things to consider:
- Research to see what grows best in your climate.
- Start with “easy” vegetables and herbs to begin growing.
- Think about where you will plant your garden. if you have a small space maybe a container garden is best. Or if you have a little bit of land maybe a raised garden bed is best? If you ahve acres you could have yourself a mini farm!
- Water consistently at the same time each day!
- Feed your plants food (we like to use the LiquaFeed All Purpose Plant Food Advance Starter Kit) to help them grow strong and bountiful!
So we would like to know what garden projects are you currently tackling?