Monday, May 20, 2013

Finished Planter Boxes and Garden Update

The planter boxes are finished and filled. 

I stained the inside with some food safe stain made from whey and thought I had some oil based stain  for the outside of the boxes left over from when we stained the raised beds, but it must have been used up.


Of course I couldn't remember which stain I used on the raised beds.
So I guessed.
It only took me a week to make it to the store to go pick up some stain.

I planted 4 pole beans in each planter box and since beans grow so fast, they had to be transplanted into the planter boxes before I had a chance to stain the outside.

The planter boxes have their new home behind the raised beds since that's where the sun shines for most of the day. The boxes are on wheels and can be easily moved if we need to get to the other side of the bed.

Next, we bought some 6 foot bamboo and tied them up like a teepee. Each bean plant has it's own bamboo stake. Can't wait until the beans grow up that high.

This past weekend I was finally able to put a couple of coats of stain on the outside of the planter boxes.

diy Planter Boxes, Growing Green Beans, vegetable garden

It had just rained  before I took these pics, so the boxes look a little splotchy. Actually, we had about a 20 minute deluge. 
Did you get rain where you are?
diy Planter Boxes, Growing Green Beans, vegetable garden

Of course, Mr. Fanatic hooked me up with drip irrigation to each planter box. 
How cool is that?
diy Planter Boxes, Growing Green Beans, vegetable garden

And being the proud "mama" that I am, here's are pics of the 4 raised beds in our North garden.
There are 6 heirloom tomatoes planted  in the closest bed on the left.    
I planted/transplanted most of them this weekend. Can't wait to see those tomatoes grow!

We've already harvested a pound of broccoli and a 1/2 of pound of snap peas from this bed and we're just getting started. If you haven't tasted home grown broccoli, I highly suggest growing some. Be forewarned though, that if you do, it will be difficult for to eat broccoli from the grocery store again.
raised beds, raised bed garden, vegetable garden

My kitties love to take cat naps nearby when I'm working in the garden.
Sam has to wear the "cone of shame" (from the movie Up) because he licks himself constantly. Buddy loves to hang around Sam outside.

The raised beds in the South garden are finally all planted. The lettuce bed is full of Romaine and head lettuce that was planted over a month ago. 
raised beds, raised bed garden, vegetable garden

The turnips and beets are growing, but I'm not sure what's below the ground.

I get a kick out of growing radishes. They pop up out of the soil when they're done, so there isn't any question as to when to pick. Another added benefit is they take only 30 to 40 days start to finish.

Now you're all caught up.
Would love to know if you plant a veggie garden...and what you like to grow.
If you'd like to see how we made them, you can read about them HERE.



  1. Your garden looks amazing. Yes, we do have a garden also, but it is starting to get too hot around here so no more lettuce. We do have tons of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic. Won't be long then it will be all done for this year. I love yours, it is fabulous. I so agree, cauliflower and broccoli are so wonderful from the garden. Hugs, marty

  2. Your garden looks fantastic!

  3. I am searching my vocabulary for a nice word for "I am so jealous of your garden." What a great garden.

  4. Those turned out awesome Pam. You are going to have some good eats this summer!

  5. These planters came out great and I love the stain color. You have a great garden.


  6. You have a wonderful vegetable garden. Love those planters and thanks for the visit!

  7. Hi Pam,

    Our garden is way far from yours. I can't wait GH build wood planters for me. He made one for the sugarsnaps and I am drooling and will do a copycat ASAP.

    Happy mid-week.
    /CC girl

  8. Wow, your garden is awesome! I love your planters! You have beautiful healthy plants! I'm "pea green with envy"! Your garden looks fabulous and yummy! I know you will enjoy it all summer!

  9. Love your planter boxes and your garden is looking fabulous, I would be so proud of it all.

  10. Your garden looks great I'm pinning it for inspiration.

  11. Wow this is such a wonderful garden. I am so inspired. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!


  12. You could plant those beans far denser. Sq Ft Gardener says 9/sq ft. I put about 30 in a 24" round barrel with a trellis that is 4' wide in both directions at the top. One barrel can produce more than a family of 4 can eat.


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