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Simple Raised Garden Farmhouse Style

Ready to get those hands dirty once you learn how to create our farmhouse style simple raised garden in your backyard?


How to create a simple farmhouse raised bed garden

It has been over 6 years since we have had a garden. And, we procrastinated and procrastinated. We knew the labor would be intensive on the front end to dig up all the sod. So, we knew we would be working on this project with a step-by-step approach in mind.

Simple Raised Garden-Last fall:

My husband measured out the area where we wanted our simple raised garden beds in the backyard. He then killed the grass.

Simple Raised Garden-Early spring:

In early spring we  he started digging out all the dead grass and plant material. We also had quite a bit of black dirt left over in this area. So, we needed to mound it up to later be used to fill the galvanized planters for our simple raised garden beds.

Here is a reality shot of the hard work and muscle it takes to get the land ready for this simple raised bed garden idea of mine. A bit of sweat equity on the front end and low maintenance for the rest of the growing season. Rest assured, I am not quite sure I had the hubs convinced at that moment. He is quite happy with my vision at the current date though.

creating a raised bed garden

This whole process took FOREVER, it seemed. Mostly, because life gets in the way. The house does need to be cleaned every now and again. Right? The girls had to have their special pet turtles Fe Fe and Foo Foo supervise the project, as you see below. They were supervising for a long time.

creating our raised bed garden area

Simple Raised Garden-Mid Spring Progress:

  • Once the debris and dead plant material was removed we began to pile up the dirt.
  • Weed fabric was placed throughout the square area of the garden.
  • The 48″ galvanized fire pit rings were put into place.
  • Crushed granite was spread throughout the walking space.
  • Weed fabric was placed inside of the rings and filled with soil.

how to create raised garden beds with galvanized fire pit rings

It was finally planting time! Yahoo!


farmhouse style garden beds created with galvanized fire pit rings

And, as you can see the simple raised garden beds are doing their job! They are producing like crazy this summer and they are pretty much maintenance free.

raised bed garden

Why the hubs needs so many hot peppers is beyond me. But, I was not going to argue with the muscle of the operation. I am so pleased that this phase is completed. This fall we will be adding a fence around the garden perimeter so that those little bunnies can’t chew off my carrot tops any longer!

What do you think? Would you give this a go in your backyard?

Have a lovely day,

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get those hands dirty 5 gardening projects

This week’s features are all about getting your hands dirty this summer and showing your gardening decor style!

DIY flower pots painted and decoupaged by making it in the mountains

DIY Flower Pots

anderson & grant gardening organizer for tools

Organizing garden tools with a repurposed rake

how to diy a lavender wreath

How to make a lavender wreath

Herboriste repurposed herb planter by blesser house

Repurposed shelf herb garden box

found stick summer wreath

Found stick summer wreath

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DIY Succulent Vignette



Hey there! I am back to share a simple gardening project with succulents that is as easy as getting your hands dirty!

succulent vignette by dandelion patina


Succulents are a favorite of mine. And they are not for the outdoors only.


They have a meaty/chunky/fleshy texture to them and…..


interesting colors and…….


body structures.


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And don’t be surprised if some types make your eyes go buggy……

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Can’t take your eyes off of it can you? Is it driving you nuts? The rest of the tutorial is much easier on the eyes.

I promise.

To start, I gathered a few succulents from a local garden shop. I am amazed at the varieties available. I also found a cute little ceramic egg crate at TJ Maxx. I thought it would make a very unique planter.

succulent vignette dandelion patina

Here are a few of the plants I incorporated into the vignette.

succulent vignette from dandelion patina

And another….

diy succulent vignette from dandelion patina

When removing each plant from the pot, lightly remove some of the dirt so that it will fit into the desired opening.

Great tip I learned……

succulent vignette from dandelion patina

use the cardboard tray given to you at the garden center as your prep space. It provides easy clean up if you are creating the project on a countertop or table surface.

Oh, and I almost forgot…this pretty little specimen….

succulent vignette dandelion patina

and finished in a vintage white container….

faux succulent by dandelion patina


Here is my succulent vignette a few months after being planted.

succulent vignette from dandelion patina


succulent vignette by dandelion patina


succulent vignette by dandelion patina


Overall, the container is doing very well. I have even propagated a few of the pieces from the above plant. It was easy peasy…snip off and stuff into the dirt!


DIY Succulent Vignette by Dandelion Patina


Hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial. I am kinda snickering a little though….

….did I trick you? With what you ask?


Did you notice the faux succulent? Bonus points if you comment on which is the faux version!

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