Alright guys, we’ve been going at this garden bed project for a couple weeks now, and we’ve got some awesome progress! Let’s go step by step:
Step 1: Plot out where you want your beds – including how large you want them to be. If you want a designated bed area like we are doing, there is a definite benefit of not having to fight the grass all the time. Once you have your area picked, you will need a sod cutter to tear up the turf. (We were able to rent one from Home Depot pretty cheap)
Once the ground is torn up, have the kids look for – and pick out the grubs. Those boogers will eat the roots of anything you plant in the ground, and you don’t want them there! The worms, however, are extremely beneficial to the soil, so be careful around them.
Fast forward through several trips to wheelbarrow the dirt away, and next you have to go around the border of the dirt and, using a shovel, create a small ditch around the exterior. This dip will be filled in with a plastic border – this will further help keep the grass out of your garden. Once you have the plastic lining in, push the dirt back in to support it.
Getting tired yet? If you want a really productive day, go around the exterior side of the dirt with landscape fabric, and use metal pins to keep it down. This will discourage grass from coming up. Bear in mind, we’re doing a lot of “a stitch in time saves nine” measures to keep the grass away in the future. A lot of this could be omitted, but it will create more work for you in the future. You could also consider grass killing chemicals, but I didn’t want to go that route. Your garden, do it your way!
Next, you’re going to need a LOT of decomposed granite. Eventually, you will cover the entire area (that is not part of your beds) with it, but for now, just go around the outside of the bed area. Once you lay it down, use a steel tamper to compact it down.
Ok guys, break time! Next post, you’ll see how progress is coming! Have a great weekend!!