Garden with Me | Raised Bed Gardening for Beginners

Hi friend! Yay for Friday! I’m so looking forward to the weekend, it’s been a rough week. I need to decompress.

My 30 Days of Wellness is going well on the box breathing and screen free afternoon, but my stretching hasn’t been consistent and family dinners are more challenging than I thought they’d be. I’d really love to hear if and how you do dinners at your house if you want to share in the comments.

If you want to join us in this wellness challenge, this post has several suggestions and a free printable tracker. How’s it going for you?

With Mother’s Day approaching, I shared gifts under $25, free gifts and what I’m getting my own mom. I also shared my Minimal-ish Makeup Collection and What I Wore last month.

Tuesday Goodies are always fun, very happy to continue doing those.

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Garden with Me

Hi friend! One of the things I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time is start gardening. I have zero experience with gardening and, in the past, could barely keep my plants alive.

Over the last year, I’ve brought more live plants into my home and since Elliott has a green thumb, he’s helped give me the confidence to go for it.

I decided to start with raised bed gardening since that’s seemed simple enough and it’s really the only spot we have for it.

Raised Bed Gardening Book

Raised Bed Gardening Book

I read this book in one evening. It was helpful for learning what garden zone I’m in (Houston) and also what makes good companions when planting and what to avoid planing together.

I’ve also watched several YouTube videos. Allison Bickerstaff is a lifestyle youtuber and has lots of videos on her own raised bed garden, so I’ve been taking note.

I really want to be able to grow food like fruit, veggies and herbs. I love making pico de gallo, so I definitely wanted to grow some of those ingredients – tomatoes, jalapeños, and cilantro.

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Raised Garden Bed

After doing some research, I bought two of these raised garden beds. They are 48″ x 22″ x 30″ with the garden height of 9″. Each bed comes with drain holes and a liner. Elliott assembled the beds for me and they came together really easily.

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Raised Garden BedEgg Chair

They come in three colors, I chose the “dark grey.” You can see they look lighter in the sun.

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I went to my local nursery and found organic soil and good mulch. I will say that I definitely felt overwhelmed and vulnerable, being so inexperienced. Thankfully, the associates that worked there were super helpful.

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I ended up using three bags of soil for each bed (3 cubic feet). I was able to return the two unopened bags of soil I didn’t need.

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I covered each bed with about an inch of mulch, which took about half a bag of mulch (1 cubic foot).

And then it was time to plant!!

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Here, I planted cilantro, parsley, basil and cantaloup.

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Here, I planted tomato, watermelon, and bell pepper.

Then, I found a growing jalapeño plant, so I pulled up the middle tomato plant and replanted it in the other bed.

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Y’all! I can’t even tell you how excited I am that I have a little garden! I love checking on it everyday!

My First Harvest

Just this week, I was able to harvest a tomato and jalapeño! It’s perfect timing because we’re going to a pool party this weekend and need to bring a side dish. I’ll be making fresh pico from MY GARDEN!!!

Planting Flowers

Another thing I was inspired to do was plant zinnias. They are so gorgeous and I’d love to see that pop of color in our backyard.

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I bought pink cupcake zinnia seeds and scabiosa mixed zinnia seeds.

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Within 5 days they started spouting!!

And I just got this adorable garden tools set that comes with the sturdy canvas bag.

Garden Set

Tips for Starting A Raised Bed Garden

Here’s a little bit of what I’ve learned so far:

Choose a Location: Pick a spot in your yard that gets plenty of sunlight (at least 6-8 hours a day). Ensure it’s easily accessible for watering and tending.

When considering what size bed to use, think about how much space you have and what you want to grow. I’ve heard that a raised bed that’s 4 feet wide and 8 feet long is a good size for beginners, as it’s easy to reach the center from both sides.

Prepare the Soil: Fill your raised bed with a good quality soil mix. You can use a combination of topsoil, compost, and organic matter like aged manure or peat moss. Mix it well to ensure good drainage and fertility.

Plan Your Layout: Sketch out a plan for where you’ll plant each crop. Consider factors like plant height, spacing, and companion planting (growing certain plants together to benefit each other).

Plant Your Crops: Start with easy-to-grow vegetables and herbs like tomatoes, lettuce, basil, and peppers. Follow the planting instructions on the seed packets or plant tags. Water them well after planting.

Water Regularly: Keep your raised bed garden consistently moist, especially during hot weather. Water deeply to encourage strong root growth, but avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

Mulch: Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as straw or shredded leaves, around your plants to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Fertilize as Needed: Depending on your soil quality and the needs of your plants, you may need to fertilize occasionally. Use organic fertilizers or compost to enrich the soil without introducing harsh chemicals.

Monitor for Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for any signs of pests or diseases on your plants. Remove any affected leaves or plants promptly, and consider using organic pest control methods if necessary.

Harvest and Enjoy: As your plants grow, harvest your crops regularly to encourage continued production. Enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor!

Rotate Crops: To prevent soil depletion and reduce the risk of pests and diseases, rotate your crops each season. Don’t plant the same vegetables in the same spot year after year.

It’s also been amazing to see how my magnolia tree is my front yard is blooming. The flowers are everywhere and they’re huge!

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Have a fantastic weekend friend!

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Meet Megan

Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!

15 Comments

  1. Re the family dinners what if you make them every 2nd night, or only a few nights a week as a compromise and then build to every night. Or maybe with sports it is only every few nights. I don’t have any other suggestions as my kids liked us all sitting down together for dinner, now though my son eats and he’s off.

  2. Good morning! Fantastic post…I’m also a beginner gardener but just doing herbs and flowers in containers on my little brick walled terrace (I’m a city condo dweller)! I was interested in the green leopard pillow, but the link is going to the eucalyptus wreath. Any chance of getting a fixed link? Thank you very much! Enjoy your weekend!

    ps I’m sorry that I read more than I comment, but please add me to the list of readers who absolutely love your updated direction and content!

    1. Thanks so letting me know so I can fix:). My mom does terrace gardening too and she loves it. It’s amazing the things she grows. And I just appreciate you being here! 🙂

  3. Your raised beds are really lovely! There’s an amazing Instagram for Texas gardeners @thedallasgardenschool that could be super helpful in your gardening journey. Her advice actually applies to your area also. She teaches all about our seasons for planting, which are so different than the rest of the country. Also, I hope you all are doing ok with all the crazy rain!

  4. Hi Megan, would you mind telling me what type of trees you have all along your fence line in your backyard?
    Thank you and good luck with your raised gardens! I’ve often thought of planting the same type of garden but end up overwhelmed! I’m glad you have Elliot that knows a thing or two about gardening!
    Blessings to you and your family ♥️🌹

    1. Hi Rose, those are holly trees. They are so good for privacy, but they’s been such a pain because the berries and flowers are so close to the pool, I have to clean daily. I’m having them trimmed this week! Blessings back to you and yours!

  5. I love this idea! The one time I grew tomatoes, my Labs ate them the second they ripened. 😆 I’m going pretty well so far on the 30-day challenge, although exercise/movement always seems to be last on my list of wellness to-do’s.

    1. Thanks for the update on the wellness challenge, I’m surprised that the stretching is my hardest thing to remember to do!

  6. This looks like so much fun! I’ve never been much of a gardener but have a fig tree that came with my house. I love walking outside and grabbing the figs straight off the tree! I’ve never had to do much with it, since it’s so low maintenance (the rain and sun do their thing and I just pluck the fruit!) However, this year it’s really overgrown so I’m planning to cut it back after it’s done producing. I’ve been reading up on this and found out that figs propagate easily. I’m excited to try saving a few little cuttings to see if I can grow whole new trees!

  7. You’ve inspired me to start a garden – my raised bed will be here tomorrow! I’ve thought about it the last few years (now that I am able to keep my flowers alive through the summer…hubby has the green thumb, but I’m learning), and decided to just go ahead and try it. I’ve grown cucumbers and jalapenos in smaller pots before, so hopefully this will work haha.

    1. That’s SO EXCITING Jenn!! Good for you for going for it! I’d love to hear how it goes. So far, my jalepenos are producing like crazy! But still only one tomato. The herbs are doing well too.

  8. Hi megan . I live in Glendale Arizoma , i love to have my gardenig but the weather here scroch i wonder your method for planting aswer or not
    Looking forward to hearimg you soon

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