Backyard Garden Design: Part 1

Over the last year we started redesigning and transforming our back yard.

In the beginning, we started with ripping out our old, enclosed deck which we thought was horrid. We really wanted to open the space so we designed a multi-level, completely open deck with only one side railing.

These photos show it almost completed – its missing the facing wood for the steps.



Next, I started a vegetable garden. It was an amazing experience I want to share. I am so proud of my garden, I love the nurturing aspect and the delectable results. First of we needed a space – I designed a raised bed garden keeping in mind that we might want to expand if this works.


How did we build them?
Dimensions: The garden beds were 4 feet  wide by 6 feet in length, which means the milt-layed bed is 8 feet wide by 6 feet in length.

Materials: We made them from pressure treated grade 2 timber – 4 inches x 6 inches. We used lag screws to connect the wood frame from the outside and we used metal plate connectors in the inside for stability. Garden fabric was laid down and then the soil was added. We did purchase top soil that had fertilizer in it.

2 thoughts on “Backyard Garden Design: Part 1

  1. torvalamnell

    When the wife and I get into our next home, I want to start a backyard garden. I have been strongly considering a raised bed garden but have very little experience with gardening in general, other than eating the stuff my father used to grow in his back yard. I like your design on your raised garden beds.

    1. mlwilkie Post author

      This was our first garden – I had no previous experience. We had great return for bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and the zucchini (while they lasted). I just planted the spinach, cabbage, broccoli and swiss chard for winter.

      We did not have any problems with squirrels and birds like some of our friends did. It is definitely a great experience.


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