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Here's a thing (or two) about planning your own garden...

Nevermind the health benefits for a sec… it’s just downright pretty cool to serve up a salad for your family with the vegetables you picked minutes ago in your own garden. Fact: If you have any type of land in your background, there's a good chance that lately you've considered starting yourself a vegetable garden. There has been a huge increase in the number of moms (yes, modern moms like YOU) turning to their own gardens to grow their own vegetables to save money and eat healthy food and live a more holistic lifestyle overall. Some say that gardening is even a stress-reliever (although when I think about the trials of my first-time gardening experience this past year, I'm not so sure I'd agree).

The point is, however, organic gardening is enjoying a level of popularity like never before, and raised gardening seems to be the popular choice. A quick stroll around a few of the backyards in your neighborhood might reveal small board or stone sided rectangles in peoples' backyards housing mini vegetable gardens. That’s called “raised bed” gardening, and it’s actually a GREAT method for breaking into gardening. As with all new hobbies, there are many considerations (and for the record, we are NOT experts on raising vegetables. In fact, we’re still trying to figure out how to raise our kids!), but we wanted to give you a bit of info to get you started.

A raised bed is a small patch of land that is fenced in by either wood, stone, cinderblock or brick. The beds are built atop the native soil or grass that’s already in your yard. Yes, this means no digging!  Raised bed gardens can be built with a variety of materials, and you can find them pre-built at local home & garden stores like Home Depot and Ace Hardware. Once your container is set up, you simply pile up the soil and ingredients to several inches in height and go ahead and plant the vegetables and herbs of your choice. Yes, this method is a bit more expensive than just digging up the existing soil and planting your vegetables but it does give you the opportunity to build up a rich and fertile base for your plants, and you can make adjustments with compost and fertilizer very easily.

Don’t ask us any questions, that’s ALL we know, but we thought you’d like to give it a try this year. Some vegetables, like tomatoes should be planted before the last yearly frost date (consult Google to find out what this means!), but don’t delay. By the time you do your research, gather your materials, and convince your husband to put a funny looking wood border around a patch of his carefully manicured yard, you might have missed the growing season for your preferred veggies. Have fun!

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