Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Define “DONE” – Raised Vegetable Garden Planter

Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors threw out a “Gitter Done!” Challenge and Monday was the deadline.

I so wanted to join in.  But it all depends on what Done actually means.

I have a master plan that involves several smaller steps to take place before I can start the main event.  My ultimate goal is to build an outdoor kitchen on our side patio, behind the garage.

This area has been little more than a walkthrough and a weed garden for the last few years.  I added the patio 7 years ago with the intent of using it for a dining/entertainment area.

Got the obligatory table/chairs/umbrella set out there, and of course the gas grill and charcoal grill.

Turns out we don’t ever eat out there.  The space just doesn’t fit our lifestyle.  The Gazebo has become our outdoor living room and the favorite space for entertaining when we have summer get-togethers.  The 2 areas are too far apart to work together. 

The patio gets used for grilling only and people stand around the patio watching Mike grill when they are over.  Nobody sits down, ever.  Cooking is awkward too, as there is an assortment of odd tables/stands out there to set things down on. 

So.  A re-work of the space is needed.  It will become an outdoor kitchen/bar area with a U shaped counter. 

But before the kitchen work can begin the area around it needs a re-vamp.

  1. Move Vegetable Garden.  Last year I put the garden in what turned out to be  too shady of a space near the patio.  It needs to be moved to a sunny locale if we are ever to get a decent yield from the garden. 032See all the shade? Weeds don’t have trouble growing here though.007
  2. We moved the dirt over to a tarp temporarily. And then put the foundation for the shed in it’s place.040

  3. Move small shed.   The small shed was a freebie we got from my mom’s camp when she got rid of it.  Only 5x6, it really is too small to offer any real storage.  When we had it delivered to our yard I chose a bad spot for it.  A sunny spot.  The spot that should have been the vegetable garden.  003044
  4. Get rid of the table and chairs.

So, all this needs to be done before the actual kitchen build can happen.

Happily, the shed has been moved to the spot the vegetable garden was occupying.  The shady spot.


And the table and chairs have a new home at my son’s house. 

All this was done the weekend before Donna issued the “Gitter Done!” challenge.


My “Gitter Done!” project was to build the raised bed for the new vegetable garden location. 

It is made totally from curb found wood.





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But due to the rainy weekend the veggies have not yet been planted in it.

And the outside has not been painted.  The wood was too wet.

So is it done?

Not totally.

But the building part is.

Does that count?

I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished so far, so I’m going to count it.

And next week I will begin building the kitchen.  I’m taking my vacation that week to work on it non-stop.

Wish me luck on that one!

Gotta go now, it’s trash day somewhere……


I’m linking this up to the “Gitter Done!” Party at Funky Junk Interiors and crossing my fingers it doesn’t get disqualified for not being DONE!


  1. I wouldn't exactly call these "smaller steps" for your masterplan. These are huge projects! You definitely deserve to link up to her party. That's a lot of work. By the way, I wouldn't paint the outside of the garden bed wood. I like it the way it is. That's a great green on one of them.

  2. Although I don't have the great creations that you have in my garden (yet), I have the same issues with my outside. I plant something or place something and realize that it can go there and change and get small bits re-done, etc. So each small bit to me is DONE, I think that is the only way that I could function is if I break it into smaller parts and cross off the list! That's just me.

  3. I agree with gina, it is a huge accomplishment and don't paint it. :)

    Wow, it's all going to be so awesome, if only someone in your family liked to cook. ;)

    I hope that someday I get to see Mike's new kitchen in real life! It is going to be awesome. Working on it every day will be so rewarding and gratifying. You'll be able to knock it out in no time, and probably paint a few projects on the side! hahah

  4. Rose,
    I'm so jealous...I want a outdoor kitchen really bad, but Mr.CC is way to busy to build one for us...maybe one day:) He has a garden at a friends house in the country this year...says he is going to put one in here next sure is hard trying to find the best "SUNNY" spot for it!


  5. Hi Rose
    It looks great and I love that you made it all from found wood. It'll be even prettier when it has fresh veggies growing in it. Cant wait to see it.

  6. And this is no exception! Lookit the construction on that garden bed! Man oh man I am jealous. I'd love to higher mine up to be like this one day.

    I can't wait to see what you do next! Incidentally, my veg garden JUST went in last weekend due to our rain too. So I'm hearin' ya.


  7. Rose you just amaze me... love the veggie garden as it... don't paint it... I spend hours trying to make paint look that

    Can't wait to see you get this done so we can all enjoy some more of your other makeovers. I bet it will be awesome and will be so rewarding for Mike, um I mean you when it is

    Hugs, Deb

  8. great gitter done project! Lezlee

  9. Geesh Rose, my idea of a project is repotting half a dozen plants and yours is building an entire outdoor kitchen. The raised bed looks perfect the way it is. I wouldn't paint it.

  10. Considering the weather you have done quiet a bit! Like the wood as is myself.

  11. I really want a raised bed like that. It's just so darn hot here already that it will have to wait for the Fall! You got a lot done! I can't believe you moved that shed with a dolly!


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