Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds

garden tools Adventures of a Middle Age Mom blogDo you vegetable garden in raised beds? I do. Over the years I’ve grown vegetables in beds made out of everything from pine boards to bluestone. The beds I’ve raised my organically grown vegetables in over the past 17 or so seasons are made of bluestone. The sides are 18″ tall and each of the two beds are like 10′ long by 2.5′ wide. The material, while expensive, won’t rot or taint your vegetables and will last “forever.”  And the stone looks gorgeous.

bluestone veggie bed Adventures of a Middle Age Mom blog

I’ve harvested plenty of fresh organic vegetables from these raised beds over the last 17 years. This year’s garden bounty includes kale, broccoli, green beans, radishes, grape tomatoes, plum tomatoes, parsley as well as my planted-from-seed-years-ago sage, marjoram and chives. Oh yes, and the self-sown-in-my-greenhouse creeping rosemary!

Here’s some of the bounty:vegetable collage from Adventures of a Middle Age Mom blog

Mama rabbit has not eaten the vegetables this year. I erected a fortress around the garden beds to prevent her from getting in. She’s a clever mom who thinks nothing of leaping up, up and over a 3′ fence I installed last year. This year I used a shorter fence and put a “lid” on it. Rabbit pilfering problem? Solved!

We will be moving South, to Hampton Lake in South Carolina to be more specific. I know that gardening there is different than here in New Jersey. I’ve been reading up on it! Anyway, I want to grow our vegetables in raised beds at our new home. And I think I’ve found the perfect material: galvanized metal!

galvanized planter bed Advenutures of a Middle Age Mom blog

The style of our new home is Low Country. To me, the home has a more casual, almost country look compared with our current Victorian home. I think the galvanized beds could fit right into a Low Country style home. What do you think?


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One Response to Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds

  1. Lisa Tognola says:

    I think your Fort Knox for furries is brilliant! Happy harvesting!

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