Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com

Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal

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Continued from How to Make a Round Raised Garden Bed

With the grunt work almost over, it was almost time to shift gears from the donkey work to the delicate work.

Almost.

First, I had a date with a shovel and a wheelbarrow.

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When I began this little garden-building adventure, I had emptied two old metal raised beds on the other side of the yard and piled the sandy soil just off the lawn. Who am I kidding, it was literally just sand, which is why nothing but weeds grew in those damn beds.

man shoveling dirt

After filling the wheelbarrow about halfway, I puffed out my chest and gorilla-walked across the yard while my heart protested each step and my arms threatened to unionize and secede from my torso.

man walking with wheelbarrow

This bullshit was for the birds, if, that is, birds were hulking behemoths with brains even smaller than the ones employed by one-ounce sparrows.

Obviously, I wasn’t about to repeat the same mistakes I made with the old metal beds. Sand is for lying on at the beach and washing out of your buttcrack when you get home. It doesn’t make for good vegetables.

man walking with wheelbarrow

But it was great filler for the bottom of my raised beds, so I humped load after load across the yard while my back threw hissy fits and my pores hemorrhaged water like China’s Three Gorges Dam.

man shoveling dirt

When the sand pile ran…dry, I switched to bags of sweet, nutritious soil, full of all the laboratory and factory-infused goodness today’s modern plants crave. Better living through chemistry!

man putting bags of dirt in garden

Seriously though, this was a bitchin’ deal at Lowe’s I just couldn’t pass up!

bags of soil

Soooooo…I ordered 210 bags. ๐Ÿ˜

man putting soil in garden

I was only off by a pallet…so what? I’m stockpiling those bags…wait for it…inside the old metal raised beds! (It’s perfect)

The bed wasn’t completely finished yet, so don’t get any ideas about that when you see me planting in the pictures below.

man planting veggies in garden

It’s just that when I went to get soil, all these veggie plants were on sale too!

What was I supposed to do? Not buy them?

man planting veggies in garden

Astute madams who’ve been lingering around the Navage Patch for a while should understand that when I’ve been saying “I,” I really mean “my babes.”

man planting veggies in garden

My babes is the reason we have plants in plastic containers strewn about the yard waiting to be deposited into the earth each spring.

Every year I make her promise not to overbuy on the first lot and inform her that she’s forbidden from buying more plants until the ones she just bought are all safely tucked into the soil.

Every year she agrees.

And every year she breaks the promise on the second shopping trip.

It’s a delightful game we play that drives me up the frickin wall.

man planting veggies in garden

After schlepping the whole sand pile across the yard in the wheelbarrow and then busting my lily white butt humping bags of soil from the driveway to the garden, my (nearly) 52-year-old body finally called a powwow with my my bird-sized brain.

My body argued that I’m a Moron of the Highest Order and demanded an immediate cease and desist on the donkey work. My brain couldn’t argue the obvious, but since the work had to get done, it offered to search for a better way.

And it found one.

Its name is Chore Warrior, and it’s a battery-powered, rechargeable, power-assisted wheelbarrow.

man lifting bags of soil

In other words, it’s a certified Life Saver.

This marvel allows me to haul 2x to 3x what I could with my wimpy geezer muscles alone.

man lifting bags of soil

Just press the thumb throttle and go!

man lifting bags of soil

So easy!

This company is fantastic! They’re a small outfit based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and their PAW (power assisted wheelbarrow) has extended my usefulness by decades!

I got in touch with the company, and they offered to give me a discount code to share with you guys.

If you’re in the market for a game-changing and body-saving wheelbarrow, go to the Chore Warrior website and enter discount code NAVAGE120 to get $120 off your order.

man with wheelbarrow

I carried the soil for the round raised beds with my Chore Warrior. Can’t you see how much happier I look?? ๐Ÿ˜‚

man emptying soil into garden
man putting soil in garden

While my plants drank up the nutrients, I worked to finish beautifying the beds. I capped the inner walls with 8-foot treated-pine pickets.

man building raised garden bed

I ran a bead of construction adhesive down the line…

man building raised garden bed

…and then I laid on the cap. I ripped the original 6-inch-wide picket down to 4-inches wide.

man building raised garden bed
man building raised garden bed

I shot brads into the 4×4 posts to keep the cap in place.

man building garden bed

I didn’t film it, but after installation, I stained them with Cabot Heartwood like the rest of the beds.

man building raised garden bed

I took this opportunity to modify my irrigation system. I was about to install the irrigation timer when it dawned on me that I needed another dedicated spigot for a hose! Fortunately, I’ve become proficient at irrigation pipe work, so I added another spigot off the back.

raised garden bed irrigation

Up top, I assembled the components to keep The Shrimp’s veggies watered and healthy.

raised garden bed irrigation

I won’t bore you with the details, but the irrigation took wayyyyy longer than I anticipated due to pressure loss from the dinky 1/4 inch tubing. I solved this by adding some regular garden hose into the mix. In the end, I got 3 zones up and running with these miniature spray heads.

raised garden bed irrigation

While the plants bathed in cool waters, I toiled under the merciless Florida sun to cut pieces of black vinyl lattice.

lattice
man cutting lattice

I really should have done this in the shade. Without gloves, I wouldn’t have been able to touch the black lattice without suffering painful first degree burns.

I installed the lattice between the posts.

man putting lattice on garden bed

I even got the fancy caps for the tops and bottoms.

man putting lattice on garden bed

I tacked the whole shebang together with brads. So far, so good. It’s been about a month, and they’re still holding up and not warping.

man putting lattice on garden bed
man putting lattice on garden bed

The only modification I had to do was zip tie the bottom cap to the lattice in two places on each section.

man putting lattice on garden bed

My last step was to add lights, because that’s just what we do here at The Navage Patch. Lights make everything better. Well, lights and a dry martini, but you catch my drift.

man putting solar light onto post

After the post caps, I hung solar string lights and then I added deck lights to the cap.

Seriously, this power wheelbarrow makes me almost feel like a 20-something again.

Almost.

man with wheelbarrow

Go get one for yourself and thank me later. Don’t worry, I’m not making a dime from those guys. It’s just one of those rare products that is so incredible, I want to shout about it from the rooftops.

Not that anyone would hear me here in one-story Florida, but you get my point.

And now it’s time for the proper reveal. Let’s have a look at this epic raised garden bed.

Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com

The little sprinklers in action!

Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com

Here’s an iPhone shot of Penny looking fabulous in front of the beds that Daddy just built.

Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com

You know my two nicknames for Handan are My Babes and The Shrimp. Would you believe we found Shrimp Flowers at Lowe’s??

Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com
Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com
Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com

Just wait until the night!

Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com

The round beds turned out amazing – a perfect counterpoint to the main bed!

Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com

This eggplant is about to GROW!

Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com

These are special melons, the seeds for which came from Handan’s dad. He’s been eating melon for 80 years, but this particular one was the sweetest he’s ever tasted, so he set aside the seeds for us to grow. I can’t wait!

Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com
Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com

At night, this garden comes ALIVE!

Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com
Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com
Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com

I’ll let the rest of the pictures speak for themselves.

Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com
Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com
Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com
Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com
Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com
Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com
Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com
Epic DIY Raised Garden Bed Reveal by TheNavagePatch.com

Please let us know what you think about our new garden in the comments!





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36 Comments

  1. fantastic job ! well done. It is obvious though that money is not a issue for you as it might be for others , Still if you’ve got it might as well use it cuz you can’t take it with you.

  2. Just amazing! This is so gorgeous and now Iโ€™m casting an eye on my own raised beds! Wait until my hubs gets home tonight. I think the lighting is the crowning touch!

  3. What a stunning raised bed garden! I’d venture to say it’s the nicest one I’ve ever seen anywhere! Was curious if you’d share a breakdown of the .costs for this masterpiece?

  4. Wow! It looks fantastic and as an avid gardener I approve!! I put in a lot of raised beds this year, however, I have found that they are “just” high enough to pull on my lower back, they needed to be taller. Oh well, I have a long hoe and I will use that on any weeds I get. We mixed acres of dirt to fill them so I feel your pain with moving all of those bags! It was a job well done and looks beautiful!

  5. Very nice work, but totally unrealisic to the average home owner. I have been reading your projects for years and this one is a definite MISS

  6. I have been in awe as you created this garden. It is so beautiful. I would want a small table and chair in there so I could just sit and stare at it. Shrimp is a lucky gal. I have the same problem buying too many flowers and plants. Although there is no such thing as too many flowers. I keep buying them, especially if they are on clearance. I made myself plant everything before buying more this year. It has worked so far. But is hasn’t been terribly hot yet. I have a yellow and white shrimp plant. I love it.

    1. I wanted to put a table and chairs in there too! But in the end, I went with more planting space – we still love to stand around harvesting though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. What an incredible garden! That was a lot of intense work, and it turned out beautifully. Enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labour! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Claudine! We’re already enjoying eggplants, cukes, squash, strawberries, peppers, radishes and herbs!

  8. That looks absolutely freaking amazing!
    I wish I can clone you and bring one here. My yard is actually pretty crappy and all concrete. I would love to rip it all up and do something like that.
    I love watching all your work. Nice job pats off to the shrimp.!๐Ÿซถ

  9. OMGosh, you’re not kidding you may have outdone yourself!! This project turned out uh-may-zing ๐Ÿคฉ I already forwarded this to the Hubby to see about doing something similar next spring. Our current beds are already going for the season.

    Thank you for providing such a thorough how to! You guys rawk!!

  10. Once again my hat goes off to you and here’s another reminder to Your Babes to count her lucky stars. Most men I know would have no idea how to do something like this, or WANT to. Some of us have to plead to get a picture hung! Bravo Greg!

  11. Another Amazing creation!!! Looks awesome! I wish you were my neighbor. But then, you’ d have to move to Oregon and give up that beautiful garden and house! lol.

  12. Truly amazing. Youโ€™ve really outdone yourself with this project. This look straight out of a magazine. I agree with Karen that this is the nicest raised bed Iโ€™ve ever seen, and itโ€™s also true that this project might not be for everyone in terms of yard space, skills or money, but one can most certainly get inspire and adapt it to its needs and means. I have one raised bed in my, a lot smaller , Quebec yard and wanted to add two more but did not know how to make them fit with everything else design wise. You just provide me with great ideas, as since ouf colour palette are very similar, I can easily picture it. Thanks for or the inspiration and your always so helpful tutorial.

    1. Thank you! Yes, it’s not for everyone as I built it, but like you said, it can be done much more cheaply with the same ideas!