Changing things up in my Garden

June 12, 2012

I’m not sure if I mentioned or not.  But after my husband built my box garden – he used the leftovers to make a smaller standing box garden.  We figured we could use this for flowers, or whatever else I wanted.


Well… That’s a little off topic, but a good piece of background information for what I’m about to talk to you all about.

Jen from and I went shopping a few weeks ago – to a garden center.  (DanGeR!) And they had MINNESOTA strawberries – which are supposedly some of the best strawberries for MN weather.  So.  I just *had* to buy a few of them.

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I mean – I already have the three strawberry plants, which I had been faithfully plucking the buds from (as it mentions online that you should do so as to help facilitate root growth) – but seriously, these strawberry leaves are getting monsterous! They’re taking over!  I’ve decided that it’s enough root growth… time for some berries! haha!photo 3 (7)

I knew I’d need another solution to my too-many-strawberry-plant problem.   Soooo… I took myself to pinterest…

*** My Husband *hates* Pinterest…. But I know it’s dangerous for me – so I don’t spend TOO much time on it… only when I can’t get back to sleep in bed.

So our conversation went like this:





But then we started thinking about how nice it would be to not have to bend over to weed the garden – or even to pick strawberries…. Like how I enjoy my other standing garden..  

He was nodding in agreement… and that happy sparkle was in his eye!

The next thing I knew, I was begging him for a 20ish’ x 1.5’ standing garden.  hahaha! I was thinking I could have at least 20 strawberry plants, and we’d have strawberries ALL summer!!

He didn’t like that idea.

But rather suggested a 6’ x 1.5’ standing box.  Which I JUMPED up and instantly got the kids ready to go… before he changed his mind.


Oh yeah – Other half of this story???  I also bought these two big asparagus plants…. which I needed a place for – and I desperately needed to move my sugar snap peas, because they were shading the rest of my garden!!! photo 5 (5)

So – We also talked about adding on to the box a bit – so it would be an L shape rather than just the one box.

So:  here’s what we accomplished.  I’m hoping to make a mini-tutorial on how to build the standing box, soon.



So now my strawberries are very happy – all in their own big box!

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Look at that – already have some strawberries ready to pick as well!!

Still lot’s more work to do though!!  Keep checking back!


  1. Awe, what a good husband! Those strawberries are gonna be delicious! Maybe next year for me, I have to plan ahead as no hubby here to do the work 🙁 I like your ideas, but I’d get lost on pinterest so I’ll just follow you!
    Gladys P

  2. Sam Eagle says:

    That is really nice will have to try & build something like that next year,I love to garden too

  3. I love it! Haa ha too funny, I think my husband too feels the same way about Pinterest. I have had him make me a raised garden too. Your is coming a long much better than mine. I have cats that keepgetting into mine. Yuck! And they keep up rooting my plants. Tell him how proud you are of him and let him know how much you appreciate him. He won’t mind doing other things in the future. =)

  4. I had to look at your site again for some more ideas in my raised garden. I love what you have done. You inspire me. Thanks! =)

  5. Our Raised garden looks a lot like your standing boxes. My boxes are 4 by 4 square. I just love them. So easy when you can’t bend over very well anymore. Love your photos.

  6. Cute idea, plus it would keep most of the critters out!

  7. Ah I think most of us learn as we go along if we dont already know what to do with certain plants. I like the idea for your strawberries. I love to do our garden but when it comes time to weed oh my aching back., so this would be great for my strawberry patch. Nothing better than food from your own garden : )

  8. Charlene says:

    Your garden looks great. It’s mot time for my garden yet but I can’t wait.

  9. Robin Wilson says:

    Strawberries are worth the effort aren’t they? I love the idea of a standing garden. For a “golden girl” like me, it would certainly keep my love of gardening alive and doable. I have had to all but give it up thanks to lupus, fibro and all my “itis”es! So when your hubby has another weekend free could you please send him over? 🙂

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