Raised Vegetable Garden

It's been a joy and truly a labor of love piecing our raised bed garden together. We learnt a lot from our last/first attempt at gardening and this time we were better planned.

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The vegetable garden with a toddler's touch!

The last few years our vegetable garden projects have been very rewarding but a lot of effort went into them none the less. Given how busy our toddler keeps us could we actually grow vegetables this year again? Only one way to find out.

Join us on our journey growing vegetables at home. Hope this will in turn encourage you to grow your own vegetables.



Week 1: The beds are prepped. We've also removed the lawn between the beds and will attempt to grow some more in the space.

Last year

This year

The Vegetable garden

This year as we attempt to grow our vegetables at home we hit a couple of snags before even starting off. We've done pretty well the last two years and learnt a lot along the way. But somehow with the excitement it's always hard to be patient and not start off too soon.

This spring we picked up our plants two weeks too early. Being longer in their tiny containers, quite a few thinned out and some didn't even make it to the raised bed.

Over the course of the coming weeks let's see if we can turn this around..

Once again we will follow some basic square foot gardening techniques to maximize our yield. Join us on our journey growing vegetables at home. Hope this will in turn encourage you to grow your own vegetables.



Week 13: We've had a lot of tomatoes these last two weeks! Enough to go around daily. Nothing like eating cherry tomatoes while you're gardening.
Week 13: A lot of tomatoes!





Week 11: Lots of green beans and peas in these last weeks. Been too busy to capture them before they landed in my plate but here's our biggest zucchini yet! Absolutely no fertilizers or chemicals. This is as pure as it gets!
Week 11: Harvesting our biggest zucchini yet!




Week 8: Enjoyed a few hot chili peppers. Plan to grow larger plants next year. Enjoying fresh lettuce every other day. Our zucchini and pumpkin plants are growing steadily and hoping to see a few vegetables soon..
Week 8: A few hot peppers and plenty of lettuce



Week 5: Our vegetables have started to grow very well despite having accidentally thinned them out by keeping them longer in their containers. I think the new rich soil and compost has definitely boosted healthy growth. We harvested our delicious lettuce this week.
Week 5: Our lettuce makes it's way to the table 



Week 1: We've filled in the raised beds with new triple mix soil and home made compost. Our saplings have been planted. New for this year are potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini.
Week 1: The beds are prepped and the saplings planted.

Growing vegetables at home

Last year we truly enjoyed the experience from our raised bed vegetable garden project. This year brought a significant addition into our lives. We weren't sure if we'd be able to manage growing our own vegetables this year. There was only one way to find out. And while we're at it why not raise the bar. So this year we'd set out with two raised beds!

Below you'll find a weekly update with the progress of our vegetable garden.



Week 15: We've had a lot of tomatoes over the last two weeks! We might just have to make some tomato sauce.
Week 14: A lot of tomatoes this week!



Week 13: Enjoying our tomatoes and basil this week.
Week 13: Insalata Caprese with our tomatoes and basil 

Week 13: Tomatoes and basil




Week 12: We've had a heat wave here and it's been quite a struggle keeping these tomatoes well. With some help we've been able to water them daily. Next year we will have to install drip irrigation. Our tomatoes are now ripening and almost ready to be picked.
Week 12: Tomatoes start to ripen




Week 11: Our fence has proven effective. The little rabbits that frequented us have not been successful getting into the raised beds. This week we've had a lot of peas to enjoy.
Week 11: Lot of peas this week





Week 6: I happened to witness a chipmunk devour half our broccoli plant. It was such a stealth operation that if i hadn't tuned in i'd never know that half the plant disappeared. The next day the entire plant was gone. This broccoli plant wasn't in the raised bed but i wasn't going to take a chance considering the effort we had made to get this far.

We decided to install protective net around the beds to reduce the chance of our plants disappearing. Using the poles of our greenhouse and some plastic fencing I was able to get the job done.

This week we've had a lot of salad, a healthy amount every single day of the week.
Week 6: Installed net around the beds. A lot of salad this week!


Week 5: Enjoyed a lot of radish and spring onions this week. We even cooked the leaves and made a delicious vegetable with coconut. More radish and spring onions have been planted. Need to figure out a natural way to protect our strawberries.
Week 5: Plenty of radish over the week


Week 4: We forgot to protect the beds from one night of frost. We lost a few plants that night which was tragic as they were all grown from seed. Picked up a few new plants and we're back with full occupancy. Our radish are almost ready for picking. We had a strawberry too but the animals got to it first.
Week 4: Survived frost. Radish ready for picking.



Week 1: Switching from a single raised bed to two had its challenges. We'd have to assemble the new bed and then empty the original bed and move it to its new location. The lawn had to be moved as well. After juggling the design on paper we were all set and ready for the the heavy lifting.

The lawn was moved, the beds lined with weed block and then, in went twenty 6 Kg bags of triple mix soil, some manure from our compost bin and some peat moss.

Despite trying to follow the square foot gardening techniques last year, we had cut corners and as a result our tomato crop got damaged. So this year we'd have to be more careful with the layout.

The vegetables that made the list were tomatoes, strawberries, onions, peas, cucumber, radish, lettuce, Swiss chard,cilantro,spinach,beet,broccoli,chives,dill, parsley and beans
Week 1: The raised beds are set.

Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

It's been a joy and truly a labor of love piecing our raised bed garden together. We learnt a lot from our last/first attempt at gardening and this time we were better planned.

We had been discussing the raised bed to grow fresh organic vegetables for a while. Initially I was to do a bit of carpentry and build the wooden box. But after studying different lumber, it made more sense to get something which wouldn't rot or pollute. So we settled for a modular raised bed kit which let us focus on other aspects; Deciding on the location and more importantly the choice of  vegetables that we'd grow.

Below you'll find a weekly update with the progress of our vegetable garden.




Week 17: Fall is here and we're almost done with our vegetable garden. We will be clearing our patch next weekend. We have a few carrots,radish, okra and peppers left which should be ready by next week!

Seventeenth week: The last of our cucumbers.





Week 14: The very last of our tomatoes but a lot of cucumbers and capsicum in the coming weeks.

Fourteenth week: The last of our tomatoes.







Week 13: Our first cucumber is ripe and ready to eat! The cucumbers are growing into whoppers. We've had just a handful of perfect tomatoes, the remainder that we salvaged was made into some delicious green tomato chutney.
Thirteenth week: Our first cucumber is ready to eat!






Week 10: We've had a lot of rain! Our tomatoes took the hit due to the limited space between them. Too much trapped moisture led to over a dozen damaged tomatoes. We had no option but to trim the plants. There are still quite a few tomatoes and hopefully the quick trim will help. I've started sampling the peas and they are just delicious! The cucumbers have grown well these last two weeks and we have a couple of them almost ready.
Tenth week: Too much rain, our tomatoes take a hit




Week 9: Our peppers, tomatoes, peas  and cucumbers are growing steadily. We have a lot of
Nasturtiums as well. Our salad is thinning down. We now have just enough for salad twice a week.
Ninth week:  Peppers, Tomatoes, Peas  and Cucumbers




Week 8: A joy to see our first tomatoes, peas and cucumbers. Our Nasturtiums flowered and we had them in a salad. We've had some severe thunderstorms but luckily minor damage. I can only wonder if our initial mistake of planting the tomatoes very close to each other might be a blessing in disguise. Time will tell..
Eight week: The first on the scene




Week 7: The slugs seem to be the worst for our vegetable patch. We've researched some organic sprays but have decided against it. So far they seem to be content with the salad and there's plenty to go around. Our radish is almost done and three new rows planted.
Seventh week: Some of our visitors




Week 6: Our tomato plants are clearly the highlight of the raised bed. It's a bit of a squeeze for them and hopefully that wont affect their produce. Rather than a foot apart, I think they need to be two feet from each other. The rest of our vegetables are growing steadily and we await the results. For now we have abundant salad, radish and two varieties of spinach.
Sixth week: Too close for comfort.




Week 5: We have visitors to our vegetable patch. Snails and slugs and what looks like a squirrel. Good thing we spotted them early and I was able to relocate them to the grass. There's been very minor damage and I can safely say there's enough for dinner tonight and the weekend BBQ.
Fifth week: Dealing with pests




Week 4: We now have plenty of salad and quite a lot of radish for the week. It's such a difference eating fresh salad straight from the garden. We have removed the green house frame and put in some supports for tomatoes.
Fourth week: Our Salad is ready to eat




Week 3: Our salad has been growing well and so have the radish
Third week




Week 1: We had to cut a piece out of our lawn where the raised bed would sit, lay down some weed block and assemble the raised bed. Into the bed went twenty 6 Kg bags of triple mix soil, some manure and peat moss all mixed in.

The vegetables that made the list were lettuce, beefsteak tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, subarctic tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, green and red chilli, two varieties of spinach, peas, radish, carrots, okra, bitter gourd and nasturtium.

Following some basic square foot gardening techniques, the plants were laid down into broadly two areas, one which would be green housed and the other open.
Preparing the location and assembling our raised bed






Composting: making compost at home

Tired of filling bags full of lawn cuttings and dried leaves, we've now decided to experiment with composting.There was a shady corner in the garden that wasn't utilized. That worked out to be the perfect place to compost.

We built our tumbler compost bin from a simple garbage can. Composting reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and is actually better for your plants providing rich nutrients and structure to the soil.
Setting up our compost bin 

Nasturtium salad

We've been waiting a while for our Nasturtiums to grow. Nasturtiums make an excellent choice as they're edible, attractive, and supposedly will help rid your garden of certain pests.

It took eight weeks for them to flower and finally land up in my dinner. The leaves have a spicy tinge to them.