I bought a raised bed made by a company called Gronomics a few years ago. It's my teaching bed for my summer workshops. But, before it's put to use teaching others, I use it for my spring crop of red lettuce. Let's get that baby planted!
Planting the Raised Bed
My raised bed is on the South Patio surrounded by a lot of natural stone. I also store some of my clay pots around the perimeter. I stack my clay pots upside down with a piece of burlap in between to keep them from sticking together and to protect them from contraction during the winter.
This is a top view of the bed before we started cleaning out some of the debris and plant material chunks leftover from last year.
People often ask about the shade-loving, waxy foliage behind the bed and it is Japanese Spurge. Even in our Minnesota climate, this spurge stays vibrantly green under our deck.
I always mix in some standard 10-10-10 fertilizer into my veggie beds and my raised bed is no exception. I like to haul smaller amounts of the fertilizer around in an old ice cream bucket instead of dragging the huge bag with me.
I stopped by Lowe's and found four of these Dwarf Alberta Spruce on clearance for $3 each. This summer, I'll use them as visual anchors in the four corners of my raised bed. They dress it up a little.
They had a little bit of damage on them, so we cleaned them up a bit before planting them.
Here's Emma placing the first spruce. I'm so glad my kids love to garden.
Check out the raised bed with the four spruce in the corners. I love how this turned out.
Here's the red lettuce - it's not red yet - but give it a week. It'll turn red.
To help control spacing, I dig the holes and Emma places the plants.
Viola! I can hardly wait for my first spring salad!