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Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 | 2 comments

Progress Report: Raised Bed Gardening

Progress Report: Raised Bed Gardening

Back in April I purchased some cedar raised beds for my backyard garden. I’m pretty pleased with the beds and I wanted to share a quick update on how my garden is doing.

Here were the two 3×8 beds when I assembled them in April:

And here’s the same shot today:


Unfortunately, from my original seed planting (arugula, kale, lettuce and broccoli rabe), only the arugula survived. The rest of the seedlings were washed away during the May monsoon season. I got about a month’s worth of enjoyment from the arugula before it bolted last week and had to be pulled up. However, after originally going MIA, the red leaf lettuce recently came back to life and is holding steady even after being picked for dinner a few times. (This is about a bite’s worth of lettuce, but it’s something!)


Despite my seedling fails, I’ve had success with other vegetables. In this bed, zucchini, basil, tomatoes and cucumber are thriving.






My second bed has herbs and jalapeno peppers (not pictured), the lone red leaf lettuce plant, roma tomatoes, watermelon and annuals for extra color.




I put the watermelon on the far end so its vines can cascade down the hill.


So far, we’ve only been able to eat the greens and herbs, but the zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes seem to be getting bigger by the day and I’m hopeful for a harvest in the next few weeks.


  1. Any problems with rodents or bugs. I also have a garden I just started and I was looking for some wire to put over it.

    • So far, no bugs or rodents. We have a pretty large squirrel and chipmunk population on our block and fortunately they haven’t seemed interested. Crossing fingers they don’t change their minds. For bugs, I placed marigolds all around the tomatoes.

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