Last Week In Gardening | dome home

the almost finished raised beds

the almost finished raised beds

Ever notice how fast the summers seem to fly by? If you live in Minnesota you do!

With all those good intentions, BBQ's and bonfires, road trips and play dates, our gardens sometimes develop and produce faster than we can properly appreciate them for.

That's why we're starting 'last week in gardening', a small way for us to document, share and enjoy our gardens more thoroughly throughout the season.

Since gardening season is already underway in MN, we thought we'd take some time to re-cap some of what we've been up to already this season.

Here goes!

Dome Home Garden

Last fall, I was contacted by the sister-law of one of my dear friends. Sarah is a mom of 4, under the age of 4 mind you (whoa!) and has a lovely 2-acre property in Eden Prairie with her husband. Oh yea, and house is a giant dome home, not too shabby.

The ask? A giant veggie garden with fruiting trees, a natural playground, zip line, sledding hill, pathways and a place for the adults to hang. NBD right?

Exploding with ideas, I created a joint pinterest board (I mean what did we do before this?!) and from there we picked out color pallets, plants, raised bed designs and narrowed our focus.

pinterest inspiration board

pinterest inspiration board

hand-drawn sketch of overall back yard

hand-drawn sketch of overall back yard

sketch of the inside of the main garden area, a 60x30" area

sketch of the inside of the main garden area, a 60x30" area

From there I put together a design of the overall layout (which we tweaked for more interesting beds) and brought in a friend to help put the designs into a sketch-up. Then we were off to build these babies!

Note: there was definitely more work/research that went into this design, but let's just get to the photos already!

3-D view of the main inside raised bed area

3-D view of the main inside raised bed area

birds eye view

birds eye view

walking through, those bars will be trellis's with plants on them

walking through, those bars will be trellis's with plants on them

Here are some pics of the progress

And voila!

There she be! As easy as pie! almost... actually this was a TON of work. But it sure is pretty. Now they just need the top bench seat caps, some dirt (24yrds to be exact!), mulch and some plants.

Since this was my first major instal for someone else, I learned a few things..

  1. you can have cheap, fast, or quality. pick two, you can't have all three at once (ok that came from my friend emma, but I love it! and it's totally true)
  2. have the right tools for the job, all the lil bit's and pieces matter.
  3. pack a lunch, water, sunscreen, gloves, a radio and bring more rakes than you think you'll need.
  4. site and material prep is half the battle (and time), the fun stuff doesn't come come until the end.
  5. everything takes longer than you think but you can do anything you put your mind to.
  6. many hands make light work.
     

Next week, I'll recap my home garden instal which was a birthday present to my self this year. Hooray for 29! 

See you soon kittens
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