Wordy Wednesday?!

I asked Mr. Workerman to price out (DIY building) a raised bed exactly like this. This beauty is from one of my all time favorite websites - Gardener's Supply Company.

I asked nicely several times.
Days... weeks later... nothing. So I asked again (not so nicely) and the response I got was surprising.

 "You'd better just buy it. But you can't tell anyone you bought it! You have to say we found it at Goodwill or at a garage sale or something." 

He was tired of my annoying persistence. :)


Now, I'm not a frivolous spender when it comes to gardening (or anything for that matter), but I will admit I don't usually set a "budget" for anything other than our obligatory bills. If I like something and it's reasonably priced (in my mind) I usually buy it. 

I was drawn to this particular raised bed because it was: 1) gorgeous! and 2) high enough to keep all our bunnies away, and 3) just the right size.

The bed received fabulous reviews on Gardeners.com and many of the people who initially purchased one bed ended up purchasing multiple beds. Also, I must say that even though Workerman didn't price it out for me, I checked a few websites (Menards, the Home Depot and Lowe's) for lumber and parts pricing before I clicked the order button. I think the DIY costs, plus Mr. Workerman's time (and complaining) would have been equal to what I spent.

Now I just have to wait for it to arrive and the snow to melt. We're super stoked to have this beautiful piece right outside our south door. The door opens into our kitchen; the bed will serve as our little potager garden. 

It will go something like this...

Isn't it cute!? We're going to situate it about 24" from the foundation and a few feet away from the stairs; leaving space for potted herbs, flowers and a hibiscus or citrus tree. In the future we'll place some pavers or slate stepping stones from the stairs toward the back of the house. I think.

Because I'm nervous about growing my first veggie garden (I don't want it to look messy), I've tried to plan what goes where. The Square Foot Gardening method is my plan of attack. *Mr. Workerman will make the planting grid for me.

This is what I came up with...

 The numbers indicate how many plants per sq. ft.

What do you think? Any suggestions? Since I've never done this before I'm open to any suggestions or relocation. Mel's Mix will be what I fill the bed with and we'll discuss that later - it's been a source of great anxiety. 


Sorry this Wednesday was pretty wordy, but I've been neglecting my blog for a week. I hope you enjoyed this preview of what's to come in Sarah's Garden World.

I'd better get to work... I need to fill all these tubes tonight :)

 Happy gardening, my friends!





  1. There is "some assembly required", so Mr. Workerman could still say that he built it. I'm sure the guys in our Vermont factory would stand behind him on that.
    -David Grist, Gardener's Supply

    1. Mr. Workerman chuckled as I read your comment aloud. He'll take what he can get! Thanks for finding this and the Fb bump!

      Happy Gardening!

  2. Don't be afraid of starting your own veg garden. Am building - hopefully - six raised beds on a front lawn this spring. Think you should give your tomatoes more elbow room though. From my experience they take up 2-4 square feet of garden depending on how good your staking is.

    1. Hi Margaret,

      Thanks for your thoughts about my 'maters. I just may do some repositioning once I find out how many seeds actually germinate. I'm making my way through your blog posts, but if you do happen to catch my response to your comment - could you tell me how you stake your tomatoes?

      Thanks for finding my blog!

  3. Hi there, I found your blog after Gardener's Supply linked to it on Facebook, how cool! Anyway, I'm also in zone 4b (but in Vermont) and I have to agree with giving the tomatoes a bit more elbow room. I tried last year with them all squished into a square foot gardening space and while they grew really well, they took over everything else. Same goes for Tomatillo - I have to trim them back or they go crazy!

    1. Hi Jess,

      Yay! A frosty zone buddy! I'm curious about the tomatillo you grew. How did you trim/pinch it back and when? I know nothing about that kind of stuff... and really would have just let it go wild :(





Sarah Brackney is R&S Garden. A gardening fiend. She is no expert, she just gardens. Her gardens are her art. And yes, she has weeds in her garden; she just chooses not to show them to you. Thanks for visiting.