Garden Table

My days are quite chaotic lately with a 2 year old and 2 month old. I’ve learned if I want to get anything done, that morning is my best bet. I can almost guarantee a nap from Bowen around 10am, (and now that I’ve typed that and shouted it out on the interwebs, he will probably never do it again…) so while he’s napping, Hollis and I head out to the yard to work in our garden. The weather is so perfect that time of day, it’s not super hot and Hollis gets to run around and work up an appetite for lunch. It’s our favorite time of day.

I especially love our new garden table.  I showed Brian some pics that I had pinned of garden beds I was thinking of making and he volunteered to build me one. I was planning on helping and taking process photos for the blog, but he and his dad built it in one afternoon and didn’t think to take any pics because, you know…they are not bloggers. So this isn’t a typical DIY post, but you can still see the outcome and get an idea of how they built it.

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The whole thing is 30″ x 60″ and 40″ tall. Brian used 4″ x 4″ posts for the legs and 2″ x 12″ boards for the sides. We also bought some durable window screening to lay across the bottom and allow water to drain. They used 2″ x 4″ boards for support underneath the screen and also across the legs for support.

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We used pre-treated wood, but we still need to paint or stain everything so it will last longer. IMG_3148

We still have our garden from last year where we planted potatoes, asparagus, okra, zucchini and squash. So in our table we planted some brussel sprouts, chives, green onions, cilantro, rosemary, carrots and one eggplant just to see how it does. So far everything is doing really well. Our brussel sprouts have quadrupled in size in just a couple of weeks. I love that I don’t have to bend over and break my back pulling weeds and the rabbits can’t reach my green goods.

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I also planted some Zinia’s  and Mums in my pots to try to keep bugs away….we’ll see if it works!

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Brian and I have had really good luck planting tomatoes in pots. Last year we tried them in the ground in our garden and they did okay, but not nearly as well as when we pot them. So this year we decided to stick with what works for us and went back to planting them in large plastic tubs, I’ve got Roma’s in a tub on one side of the table and cherry tomatoes in a tub on the other side.

I know it’s still early, but so far I’m LOVING my garden table. The size is much more manageable for me than our large ground garden. It doesn’t feel overwhelming at all. Maybe next year I can talk Brian into building me a second one….:)

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