I initially started my “A Day in the Life of a Gardener” blog series back in the beginning of June… although technically, my journey as a gardener began all the way back on May 21st (a.k.a. “day 1“). And now? It’s already June 22nd! I can’t believe it’s been one full month already.
I’m just going to chalk it up to the fact that time flies when you’re having fun. And I’m definitely having fun teaching myself how to garden!
Even though I haven’t been keeping up with my blogging efforts over the last month, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been documenting the process offline. I’ve been taking Instagram pictures throughout the last few weeks in order to visually record all of the things I’ve been doing in order to create my dream veggie and plant gardens.
Anyway, back to my journey!
Day 2: To Elevate or Not to Elevate? The Pros and Cons of Raised Vegetable Garden Beds
So after I’ve done all the hard work on day 1 and removed all weeds and overgrown, unwanted plants from the areas of my front yard and backyard where I wanted to grow my future veggie gardens? It was time to actually build those garden beds.Now, I know for most gardeners if they were to come across this step? They would likely go straight for Google, then perform a search for “how to build raised garden beds“… in hopes of landing inspirational ideas and plans for creating a designated gardening space devoted to growing vegetables.
If you’ve ever seen pictures of these raised garden beds, you’re likely aware of how great they look and also how practical they are in creating that “isolated space” reserved just for growing veggies. As the name implies, they’re generally lifted up and elevated above ground level… usually supported on all four sides by wooden landscape edging in the form of wood timbers (i.e. lumber 2×4 boards nailed together on top of each other to construct the edges of the garden beds).
However, as great as raised garden beds may look and as functional as they are… they require a lot of planning and construction in order to build them properly. And that was definitely not something I was willing to commit to.
And although there are pre-built raised garden bed kits available for sale that require minimal assembly to construct… these types of garden beds definitely don’t come cheap!
However, if you’re really hard set on having that glorious elevated garden bed… then I’d recommend purchasing pre-constructed kits online at Garden.com.
Why? Keep reading to find out!
Garden.com Online Gardening Store
Site Description: “Your online source for garden supplies, garden tools and garden furniture, with over 25,000 lawn, garden, and outdoor decor items to choose from!” -Garden.com
Perks of Shopping at the Garden.com Online Store
- Shipping Policy: FREE Ground Shipping on $99+ Orders Within the Contiguous 48 US States! (Fine Print: Limited time offer. Some items may require additional shipping and handling charges due to the size of the shipment.)
- 30-Day Return Policy: 30-Day Returns for Dissatisfied Purchases! (Fine Print: See website for return policy details.)
- Top Garden Supply Brands: Discover popular brand names you know and trust available for sale at Garden.com (including Austram, EarthBox, Fiskars, Miracle-Gro & Scotts)
Other Decorative Landscape Edging OptionsWhen I gave it some thought, I realized I didn’t really care if my future vegetable gardens were absolutely, completely, 100% isolated from the other plants and from the grass. I couldn’t care less if they were elevated on platforms or not! What I really wanted was something that was truly more decorative in design, really. Something that might not have to cost me several hundred dollars.
So I did a little bit more research online at Garden.com and guess what? I discovered a multitude of landscape edging options to choose from! Check them out below…
As you can see, there are definitely numerous decorative garden bed edging design options available! However, many of them were either still a bit too expensive for my tastes… or they just weren’t what I wanted. For example, the vinyl/poly/resin/plastic options were just a tad too cheap-looking and didn’t seem to be “permanent” enough.
Basically I was looking for any backyard garden bed edging idea that was not only easy-to-install and affordable, but also could last long-term and become a permanent staple to my backyard. And, of course… it would have to serve the purpose of creating a “visual boundary” between the vegetable gardens and the rest of the backyard!
After visiting several home and garden stores (including a dedicated nursery, plus big box stores like Rona)… I finally found the garden bed edging solution I was searching high and low for.
That Solution? Concrete Garden Edging!
When I first laid eyes on Rona‘s straight scalloped concrete landscape edging strips, I knew immediately I had finally found the garden bed edging solution that I was looking for.
Why? Let me count the ways!
1) The decorative concrete strips were oh-so-pretty
- Actually, the red ones that I chose were more on the SEXY side!
2) They’re practical in terms of longevity
- They’re likely to last long-term, and can withstand heavy weathering conditions over time
3) They’re easy-to-install
- What could be easier than lining the concrete edging blocks in a row, one-by-one? Nothing, that’s what!
4) And they’re extremely affordable
- At $3.53 CAD a strip? Compared to the prices of some of the other landscape edging products listed above in this blog post… the cost is so negligible the concrete strips might as well have been FREE!
Check out these photos I took during my shopping trip at Rona for concrete landscape edging blocks!
Rona Landscape Edging Shopping Photos
- Rona storefront
- Vast selection of stones and edgers for sale at Rona
- Sample selection of square patio stones on sale at Rona
- Sample selection of concrete bricks on sale at Rona
- Sample selection of hexagonal paving stones for sale at Rona
- White curved scalloped concrete edging blocks on sale at Rona
- White and red straight scalloped landscape edging strips on sale at Rona
- Curved red scalloped landscape edging on sale at Rona
- Red concrete scalloped landscape edging used in my left backyard vegetable garden
- View of the left back corner of my backyard
- Curved red concrete scalloped landscape edging around my backyard tree base
- Red concrete scalloped landscape edging used in my right backyard vegetable garden
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