For the last few years I have been using pots to grow my herbs and veggies. After hearing about last year’s never-before-seen neighboring garden, the jealousy started to brew. In fact, it brewed all fall and winter. I was determined to make my yard work for me. This is is the result.
Last, I used a mixture of 3 types of soil; 2 bags of top soil, 1 bag of potting soil, and 2 bags of garden soil. I am not sure if this is the right ratio to use of any but I made sure to use less of the heavy stuff. 5 bags filled the space.
I was then ready to plant the tomato varieties. The plants came from a plant outlet that has wonderful prices. Each tomato plant cost either $1.00 or $1.50. Did I mention that the plants were huge before purchasing them?
In the picture above, I have Sweet 100’s, Mortgage Lifters, Tomatillos, Green Zebra, and Yaqui tomatoes. Again, I am not an expert on growing in raised bed planters because I have been a pot person for the past few years. Let’s hope my spacing is correct. I can say that they have more space in the bed than they did in the pots.
The 3×3 space looked much larger when placing the cinder blocks in the pattern while in the store. Hind sight is 20/20! Now I have to build 2 more on the adjacent sides. Hopefully my neighbor doesn’t mind looking at the cinder blocks. I considered painting the sides with some sort of design. Maybe it will make them less of an eyesore. If I do, you’ll be the first to see.
Notice the holes in the cinder blocks. I wanted to plant my peppers in each of the spaces but I am trying to figure out if there was enough space for the roots. Understandably, the roots would grow down in to ground so maybe my concerns are a mute point. This way the peppers can provide security for the tomatoes since I have some interesting wildlife in my neighborhood. It would also increase my available planting space. I’m on my way back to the outlet to plan my next move!