For the last 18+ years we have traveled the globe. We’ve lived in 7 states, 2 countries, and 14 different homes. That’s a lot of moving y’all, a LOT! What we have learned is that when our active duty time comes to an end, we want to be somewhere in the country. To wake up and not hear the blaring horns of traffic, to rise and be greeted with the sweet sounds of farm animals and fresh eggs. To truly live off the land - it’s idyllic isn’t it? Truthfully, we are counting down the days until we can break ground on that journey. Until that time arrives, we figured the best way to prepare is to test a few basic skills now. This will allow us to see what works and what’s an epic fail (while we have the safety of a paycheck lol). The first thing we decided to build for our homesteading adventure is a raised garden bed.
Homesteading Hack #1 - The Raised Garden Bed
Why a raised garden bed? Honestly the answer to this is two-fold. Primarily, and selfishly, a raised garden bed is convenient. It allows our plants to grow and saves a ton of back pain when tending, trimming, and harvesting. The other reason is quite frankly the more important of the two. This bed is self wicking y’all! So what does that even mean? Let us tell ya…Picture a regular garden bed, are you picturing it?? Ok, so now imagine that below the soil there is a “built in reservoir” that will water your soil - fro the bottom up! Seriously, how neat is that? Contrary to the way you’d typically think to water your garden bed right? So when the reservoir disburses the water under the soil it essentially eliminates the need for a water can and frequent trips to the garden for watering. After using the integrated watering system you’ll find that the frequency as well as the amount of watering required is significantly lower than the traditional way we’ve been doing it for years. It’s mind boggling y’all! And for folks who are looking to eliminate work this is an epic solution.
Ok, so how do I even build this thing?
Grab a pen and paper, or just bookmark this page because we’re going to tell you what materials you’ll need and how to build this efficient raised garden bed!