If you can’t tell, we love raised beds for gardening. In this episode of Simple Homemade Life, we’re listing why we like them, including the fact that they’re especially good if you want to raise lots of vegetables while pulling hardly any weeds. Raised beds also make it easier to create healthy soil, save on watering, space, and more.
We also list the 7 materials you can use to build the raised beds – we’ve personally used 6 of them – and the one material you should never use. We’re sharing a couple of farmhouse updates, too, including the tile lesson that’s hindered our shower progress.
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In The Garden
You’re probably not surprised to know we planned a deep dive into one of my favorite easy care gardening tips: raised beds!
We talked about why to use them and the different materials you can use to build them. These include six of the methods we’ve used, shown above:
- cinder blocks
- composite wood decking boards
- broken concrete
- mounded soil
- wood, preferably cedar
We listed the pros and cons of each and the one thing you should NEVER build your vegetable beds with.
In The Farmhouse
Our latest progress on the farmhouse includes framing the wall that will separate the dining from the living room.
I’m not a huge fan of open living and this house originally had a wall close to this one, so we are adding it back to create an entry area in the living room. It still will have a 7-foot doorway, so it won’t feel cut off, just provide wall space and more usability.
We so wanted to show you a finished tiled shower – or at least ready for grouting, but we were stuck with some problem areas and the fact that we discovered the subway tile we picked didn’t have bullnose edges that matched the color.
Sigh – don’t get me started on this. It was the same name of tile, same store, same supposed color, but next to each other the main tile was white-white and the trim was cream. It wasn’t just me – it was very obvious.
Lesson learned: make sure everything matches BEFORE starting your project.
As we head into the fall, you’ll want to catch our next episode about Meal Planning and how it pretty much saved my sanity!
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