It’s time to get my garden in the ground… Like really, we’re down to the last few weeks I have to put most of the veggies in the ground in order to have them harvested before first frost next Fall. There’s still so much to do… Such as mow down all the grass and weeds in the yard, plot out where my garden is going to grow, and till it up. Well, and I have to find a tiller because my family’s tiller seems to have broken down. So for now, I’m planning and plotting and ogling all the plants at the local nursery. Oh, and sharing my Gardener’s Wishlist with you.
Planning My Garden
I’ve gone back and forth on raised beds. It’s an extra expense, but dang I really really want them. They help conserve water, keep weeds and pests out, and they’ll put the garden up a little higher so it hurts less to be down pulling weeds and tending to it. Plus, I don’t know how else to keep the dog out of it if I don’t put it up or put a good fence around it, but since it’ll be smack dab in the middle of my hard I think raised beds are a much better idea than a fence.
So I’ve been plotting, and planning, and agonizing over the decision-like I do. I stood in front of the raised bed kits at the hardware store yesterday for about a half hour deciding if I wanted to spend the $91 on a kit-and google searching to see if there were any cheaper alternatives available. There’s not. I’ve searched the internet far and wide for more affordable raised beds-checking second-hand or yard sale classifieds, Etsy, Amazon, and more.
I’ve been toying with how to make them myself, but I don’t actually own a saw (though Ic an borrow one I think) or have any woodworking skills… I’ve thought about trying to gather old tires and make a tire garden. But where on earth am I going to find that many used tires? I want a big garden! I also LOVE this terracotta pipe raised garden, but I can’t seem to find anywhere to buy terracotta pipe from. I also like the idea of a cinder block garden, and maybe even painting them turquoise (hello, it’s my color) like this one.
So right now I’m leaning towards trying to make these $35 raised garden beds (or trying to find cheaper wood like they used on these $10 raised garden beds and using the plan from the bigger ones and finding a middle ground on the price). The wood ones seem like the best idea right now because I can build two long ones down the middle of my yard, and then attach some arched fencing or caging between them to make a super cool squash tunnel down the middle. My dad might already have this fencing too, since he used a big chunk of it to build my back fence. I mean look how cool they are when your squash is growing-I love it.
Anyway… One thing is for sure, I have to do it on the cheap… I just don’t have the funds for a lot of fun garden and yard stuff this year, but a girl can dream right? A girl can spend hours crafting her gardener’s wishlist and sharing it with her followers right? A gardener’s wishlist filled with all of these wonderful gardening and yard decor pretties? YES. So here it is.
My Gardener’s Wishlist
1 | Cedar Raised Garden Kit from Greenes – $87.37 on Amazon (or $91 at Home Depot)
2 | 24″ Vertical Gardening Planter from Roped on Cedar.
3 | 9 Piece Garden Tools Set from Vremi.
4 | Wishing Well Wooden Outdoor Water Fountain from PSW Water Fountains.
5 | A Spiral Aloe Plant-but they’re super rare. However I found some Spiral Aloe Seeds on Amazon.
6 | Metal Bicycle Plant Stand from Benzara.
7 | Birdhouse Trailer from Birdhouse20.
8 | A couple of these Solar Tulip Lights from Regal Art & Gift.
9 | I want a big canopy style umbrella in the yard, that you can all hang out under and hang lights in all pretty. The closest I’ve found is this LJUSTERÖ umbrella with the LÖKÖ stand.
10 | Granite Stone Fireplace from Wholesale Adirondak. (I think I’ll make my own with a barrel and some pavers though… Just like the one my grandpa built up to our family ranch.)
11 | Solar hanging lanterns to go inside the big umbrella like these Nylon Solar Lanterns from LampLust.
12 | Garden Planter Bench from Creekside Ranch Oregon.
13 | A grill-I want to do BBQs! This Classic 4 Burner Gas Grill from Char-Broil looks nice…
14 | Deluxe Walk-In 6-Tier 12-Shelf Portable Greenhouse from Ogrow.
15 | A pool! I mean, I wish I could build a nice in-ground pool, but I’ll settle for something like this 18ft X 10ft X 42in Oval Frame Pool Set from Intex.
16 | Amish Wagon Decorative Garden Planter Green from Collections Etc.
17 | Garden Good Luck Elephant Statue from Grasslands Road.
18 | A Pergola! I’d love to build one off of the back of my house and hang all sorts of plants from it. The one pictured is a Outdoor Weather Rot & Insect Resistant 100% natural Cedar Pergola from Cedar Wood.
19 | An Outdoor Cooler Bar Table.
20 | Interchangeable Picnic Table and Garden Bench from Merry Garden.
21 | A hanging Fuchsia plant. I saw these at Smith’s this weekend and I need to go back and get one.
22 | Solar Outdoor Water Drop String Lights from Gdealer.
23 | A little free neighborhood library! Ever since I first heard of people doing these “take a book, leave a book” Little Free Libraries I’ve wanted one in my neighborhood-and this one from Wall to Wall Woodworks is super adorable.
24 | VW Bus Birdhouse from Country Timber.
25 | 6 Vegetable Garden Stakes from From Artisan Hands.
26 | Hippopotamus Garden Sculptures from Mart’s Art Sculptures.
So there you have it. Aren’t these just as fun as can be? These are just a few things that I wish I had the money to invest in this Summer. I may have to pick up a couple here and there as I can afford them, but maybe you’ll find something you love too. There are so many cool things out there!
Are you doing a garden this year?