Earlier this Spring-Constructing a Garden

Since I have just started to blog my experience, I have a bit of catching up to do. Each year I start a very small garden with only a few tomato plants and cucumbers, but I ALWAYS manage to kill most of the plants.  I begged my husband to have a bigger garden so I could start canning and so we could continue eating healthy. Don’t worry I have also done a lot of research. 🙂  However, we had on small problem…. MONEY. In order to build the garden I wanted, it would cost a lot. A shed alone was going to cost more than we wanted to spend.

We found an old shed on Craigslist, it was FREE for pick-up. My husband is the Craiglist King. You give him a task and he can find anything! Oh, and thank goodness he had a trailer to pick it up.  The door you see setting beside the shed we bought at Habitat Restore for $100. Who puts french doors on a shed? We do!


I know what you’re thinking, but wait… there is a vision. We stopped at an Amish farm, where they were going to burn old barn wood. We paid him $50 for the wood. The man was happy with the money and we were eager to use it!


We started using all the barn wood to cover the shed, then we painted it. Below is the finished product with the french doors and the old windows (we got those for free a few years ago).

Next, I found old shutters on Craigslist. I sanded and painted the shutters orange. My husband magically turned them into garden boxes.  He wasn’t sure about the orange paint, but he said as long as I liked it, that’s all that mattered. To be honest, I was petrified! It was extremely bright!

Finally, we decided to put it all together… With 9 tons of dirt, 3 cubic yards of mulch and a lot of sweat and blisters, it all came together. The process took about 2 weekends and 10 weeknights after school. Thank goodness for warm weather in March!

And I even have a potting bench area! I just have to add a few more flowers and plants. I would like some kind of vine that will hopefully grow up the trellis.

Well, my seedlings are started. This was approximately a month ago.  Overall, I love the way it turned out and I can’t wait for the work to begin! The total cost of the garden was under $500. Now it is time to grow and decorate the garden with flowers!

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