Sunday, June 21, 2020

Rental Home Gardening

Hello there!  For now we are still in our tiny house rental.  I really wanted a garden this year so my sweet honey bun built me two garden beds.  In this post, I'll show you how we built our little garden beds and towards the end you'll see what they look like now.
This was our very first tomato harvest of the season.  I like to take tomatoes off the vine when they are showing the very first sign of turning.  I then sit them on the kitchen window sill to finish turning.

We have three tomato plants that are all full of tomatoes right now.  One of the plants is so loaded that it actually tipped over in a big storm we had the other day.  My honey cut some stakes and got them all shored up so that wouldn't happen again.

Oh! Before I forget!
NEW HOUSE UPDATE:  We had the appraisal done yesterday.  The report is due on Monday, so we are waiting for that to happen!  Since we are slightly ahead of schedule, we were told that we may possibly get to close a few days earlier than expected.  We are so excited for this to move along as quickly as possible, so the sooner the better!

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Now, here's what we did to build our little gardens.  We spent about $25 in lumber to make these two garden beds.  We had all the rest of the materials.

Our beds are small, they each measure about 3 ft. x 6 ft.  First we cleaned out a spot just the size we wanted our garden to be.  My hubs hoed up the grass and weeds there and then we cleaned it out using a rake.
Normally we have a full blown workshop to use for all of our projects, but its all in storage because there is no room for it here at the tiny house rental.

We used 2 x 6's for the actual bed frames and 2 x 4's for the corner feet.  He used his circular saw to cut all the boards to size.  After he cut all the pieces, he assembled each corner with 2-1/2" wood screws and his Milwaukee drill.
We worked as a team and quickly built two bed frames.  Now to fill them with dirt.
My husband had the idea to just use the dirt that we already had right here on the property.  It was rich with the fallen leaves from over the years.  It was basically a natural compost.  There were naturally formed "high spots" from were the water would drain down the hillside and push leaves and sticks up against trees and rocks.  He gathered it into our wheelbarrow and then transported to the garden beds.  It took about 4 loads for each bed.
Before we added the dirt, we used some landscaping fabric we had on hand to use as a weed and grass barrier.

We assembled our little pop up canopy for some shade on this hot Spring day in Texas.  The canopy is easy to move around as the sun moves throughout the day.

Check out our raised bed gardens from our last house right here.
While we were at Lowe's to get the wood for our beds, we went ahead and purchased our little baby plants.  We planted those the next morning while it was still cool outside.
We used seeds for some things we wanted to grow.  In the left bed we planted radishes, yellow squash and zucchini squash.  The orange pot has a pepper plant growing in it.  The right bed has three types of tomatoes, cilantro and cucumbers.  The long green box has pepper plants in it.
Now we're growing!  It's amazing how fast they grow!  You can see all my radishes around the border of the squash bed.
Baby zucchini!  The bees loves the big yellow squash blooms and I love watching them work.  So wonderful!
Radishes are ready and they are so delicious!  Do you like radishes?
Just look at those red beauties!  My husband thought he didn't like radishes and then he tried one and decided he was wrong! LOL!  We are thoroughly enjoying our radishes this year.
The garden is doing amazing and it is so fun to mess with and watch as the tiny blooms turn into fruits and vegetables!  I love it!
The tomato plants are going bonkers and are so loaded with tomatoes!
This is cilantro, zucchini and yellow squash from our garden, isn't it gorgeous?!

Also, I have these crocheted edge kitchen towels for sale.  Some have sold but I still have a few left, like this pineaplle one!  You can see my assortment of colors and designs on my Instagram account.  Go to @ddcamp170 and check out my highlight button called TOWELS.

With a little elbow grease and sweat, you too can have a little veggie garden, even if you're renting!

If you loved this idea and want to save it for later, be sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board.  I have a Pinterest board set up just for all things gardening related and its called How Does Your Garden Grow and I'm pinning something new every day. Won't you join me?

GREAT NEWS!  I now have an Amazon Storefront!  If you ever want to purchase anything I'm showing you here, you can pop over to my shop and see what I've picked out for you! Click right here to visit.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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  1. I love raised beds. We have some. Also, have an inground larger garden too.

    1. Me too! Gardening is just so rewarding and fun! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!:)

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    1. Hi Marilyn! Thanks so much for stopping by here and for doing all you do! Have a great day! :)

  3. Wow - impressive! It must be so satisfying to grow your own food! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Month last month. Your post was one of my features. I'll be pinning and sharing on Instagram stories this weekend. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Shelley! Yes, it's wonderful! Thanks so much for featuring me and veggies, what a wonderful surprise! :)


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