Andrea and I had a big potted garden on our terrace, and it was getting bigger. What started as basil and mint was turning into tomatoes, carrots, squash, ginger, avocado... the list goes on. We were running out of room! So, we decided to go raised garden. And we went all in! This project took about two weeks to complete, mainly because my friend Delaey and I could only work from 6-9 in the morning and 6-9 at night to avoid the Georgia summer heat. In the end, we have a beautiful garden that lights at night and will be the perfect spot for us to both grow and consume all the vegetables, fruit, and herbs we want!
Our back terrace was running out of space for our potted garden. So, we decided to go raised garden. And we went all in!
The vision was for a square garden with L-shaped corners. This image came from Google Maps. Great resources for high level planning.
Then we had to remove the stumps in the ground left from old trees and the hedges that we had just cut down. Totally worth it to hire a professional for the stump grinding. He was in and out in about an hour.
The first box goes in. We built a whole box first to learn all the tricks of making building faster, the important ways to keep things straight, and any design changes we needed to make. You always learn a lot by building a prototype.
Then we thought, what if we had a little shade. We took our inspiration from Japanese gardens. Cranking up the Zen!
From the side you can just see the strings of lights we put up. We plan to add pavers in and around the garden, and use the central area for dinners.