Urban Basics

Getting back to basics in an urban setting

Shade Garden- Raised bed project

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Yesterday I started my first raised bed project. I really like our deck off the kitchen except for one main thing. Under the deck is open and it is an eye sore. Its ugly under there and detracts from the look of the deck. I’m solving this problem by building a tall raised bed along the side of the deck. It will be at least 2 feet tall, preferably 2 1/2 feet tall. This side of the deck doesn’t get much sun so I plan to plant herbs veggies and flowers that tolerate shade well. This shade garden comes with a fountain and fairy garden!
We are using mostly recycled material or things I already have on hand. I found a blue plastic drum in the barn that was probably used to water horses from the previous residents so I carted that out and washed it out. It now sits next to the stairs of our deck with water in it. The fountain and pump I already had and am thankful it still works. We had a lot of landscaping logs from our last house that we brought with us so those are being used as the raised bed. I still need to go buy a few more but it will only cost me $20 to get the logs I need. I already started most of the plants from seed over the weekend so I should have some herbs to go in the ground as soon as this project is done!
The nice thing about having a barn and 14 acres is that there is a lot of organic material. It would cost me a lot of money to buy bags of dirt to fill a raised bed that’s 2 1/2 feet tall, 3 feet wide and 24 feet long! So today I will be collecting grass clippings, old horse manure that was left in the stalls and sand near the pond. I have my compost bin going and will have some nice compost in a month or two as well. My rabbits and chickens provide me some really nice compost which I need to go shovel today. I think I can do a fairly good job filling this tall raised bed without buying much other then the landscaping logs.
Once this shade garden bed is done, Lexy and I plan to build a fairy garden next to the water fountain. We are particularly excited about it and have been looking at pictures of fairy gardens. We plan to make a fairy house and a mini garden with little rocks that we find at the beach as stepping stones. We even plan to build our fairy a mini dock hanging out over the water of our fountain. Its going to be a fun project her and I can work on together!


The amount of junk that was left around the house amazes me! Part of this project involved clean up before we could even start building the raised bed. I will update with more pictures once I have finished. Ta ta for now!


Author: stephdt3

My 3 children and I live on 14 acres in Savannah Ga. I have worked hard at turning the property into a thriving, self sufficient homestead. It has been a learning experience and a lot of hard work but its so worth it. I don't understand how our country became so consumer driven. We have lost so much of our production way of life. It is my goal to get back to basics any way that I can. My three children used be so hooked on TV, video games, computers, iphones and ipads. And while they still like those things, they now spend just as much time outside as they do inside. I hope by learning to raise chickens and rabbits, growing gardens, raising goats and riding horses and spending more time outdoors in general, my children will learn to love and appreciate a simpler way of life. I knew nothing about homesteading when I started this journey but I have learned so much and love every minute of it.

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