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A brief history
I built my raised garden sometime ago and it is all organic. Recently I decided to upgrade it and add another section. The "Original Garden" was also built in conjunction with the "Open Air Doghouse" and "The-Doggy Garden Fence" So really you could say this is the 4th installment of this area.
This is a raised garden in which I have crammed a lot of plants into. I know some people will say "Hey those are to close together" and " Those plants don't like each other" but I have worked to ensure all of my plants get along (We have a weekly group therapy meeting every Friday). The real idea here is to have the plants shade each other and keep each other cool. It has worked pretty well so far.
The big difference this time is I planted corn in order to have some corn on the cob with my meals and to create a shade barrier for my other plants. I know it won't shade them all day but in the late part of the day every little bit helps. Oh and I will have some corn on the cob!!!!!!
On to the Instructable, here are the details of the vegetable plants I planted.
Step 1: Supplies, Plants, and Tools
The good stuff first
Here are the plants I added to the garden
1 Yellow Bell Pepper plants
1 Squash 6 Okra plants
2 sweet banana pepper plants
27 seeds of corn
A packet of radish seeds
A packet of chive seeds
A packet of carrot seeds
High heat tomato plan
Here are the material supplies I used in the garden
27 castle stones (from [Lowes])
7 bags of Omni Grow Compost [(from Home Depot)]
1/4 ton of 1/4 minus crushed Navaho Red rock.
Shovels Spade and Flat blade
Pneumatic nail gun
Step 2: The Dirty Work
Ok lets start diggin. As you can see from the picture I got a whole lot of dirt on top of my river rock path. Partially due to the dog digging a bed all the time in the dog house and then I tried to dig some of the dirt out so she couldn't dig so much out. Anyway it was time to clean it up and update the garden.
So grab your shovel and maybe a rake and your buckets.
I separated all of the river rock from the dirt, thinking I would use the dirt in the part of the new garden. I put all of the rocks in a bucket and got rid of them, mostly to other parts of the yard where I had other river rock.
Then I decided that I wasn't going to use the dirt and it went to other parts of the yard where aI need it and the rest went into the trash. Yeah i know "You'll fill the landfills that way with unnecessary dirt". That just isn't true they use dirt to hold down the trash, so it's all good.
As you can see by the third picture I have cleared all of the dirt and now it is time to put down some 1/4 minus crushed rock.
So lets move on to the next step.
Step 3: Laying the Foundation
On this side of the garden I used 1/4 minus crushed Navaho rock. This rock is just rock crushed to a 1/4 minus or smaller. I did this so I could get a medium that is easier to work with than dirt. This way I could level the entire garden more efficiently than using dirt and it would be easier to lay the castle stones on.
In the photo below I added the crushed rock and have laid out the basic design of the raised garden. I did redesign the shape and move some of the existing castle stones from the back of the garden to the front on the left. This enlarged the original garden which enabled me to add a couple extra plants in it also.
It is important to remember to have enough room to move through your garden I planed mine out on paper and then placed the stones to see how it would work. It turns out that it worked just fine I have just enough room to walk and have maximized my garden space.
Lets move on to the next step where I have finished stacking the castle stones and begin building the fence.
Step 4: Building It Up
In this step I have began the major portion of construction. I missed a few photos because I got in to working and forgot to take them.
As you can see below I rearranged some blocks from the back to the front and made the the garden longer on the left side to match the right side.
Next I added the 7 bags of compost to the new area.
To top it off I built a new fence to keep the dogs out. I didn't even have all of the compost in there and they thought it was their rest area, they decided to lay right down in it and make themselves at home.
That is where the fence came in. Back to home depot to get some 2x4's.
I ripped the 2x4's into 1/4 slats and 1.5 inch post all 2.5 feet long.
Of course I used the slats horizontally and the post I drove 6 inches into the ground.
Next I used my nail gun to shoot nails into the wood in order to assemble the fence.
I really recommend getting a nail gun they make the work so much easier and not to mention quick!
Since I lengthened the previous part of the garden I had to ad new fencing to it as well, it was no big deal though just ripped another 2x4 and a post and used the nail gun there as well.
'Oh by the way make sure you use safety glasses when you use a nail gun.'
Step 5: Paint Da Fence Danielsan!
Ok sorry I may be showing my age with that movie reference(Karate Kid).
In this step I used the left over Redwood (water based) stain I had from building the original fence to stain the new fence. The color matched perfectly! (What do you know about that!! WAAHOOO!!)
Actually I had my son out helping me paint also, he really enjoyed himself (and I gave him some money for helping) he really likes the garden.
I bought spme cheap .50 cent brushes from Home Depot and we got the job done. I have to say I am very impressed on how well the stain has done on the original fence in this AZ sun..
Step 6: Things Are Growing!
Here are some shots of the garden taking off.
Looking at the first photo:
In the back on the left there is a yellow bell pepper plant and right behind the yellow bell pepper is a sweet banana pepper plant. To the right of those is an Eggplant plant, behind the eggplant is a strawberry plant and in the corner is a zucchini plant. All of those are just in that one corner!
Looking at the second photo:
You can see the garden ass a whole, it's coming along nicely
Looking at the third photo:
You can see the Corn popping up
I planted 6 Okra plants but 5 died but the last one is growing very nicely.
I planted Radishes (by seeds) they are coming up now
I also planted Chives and some Leeks in between the corn, supposed to help keep bugs away.
Step 7: Finished Build and Some Crops
The photos below show how the garden is growing and I have added just a couple of pictures of the veggies I have pulled off of the old garden. I must have harvested a couple hundred Anaheim peppers (red chilies) so far, and about 100 bell peppers. I have had these plants for at least two years now and they just keep growing and growing. It was a very good investment.
If you decide to build a garden I wish you the best of luck and hope that I was able to give you some ideas or information.
I could always use a vote for the garden contest, please keep me in mind!!
Thanks for looking
Mr. Rig it