So we are coming up on our second summer in our home. It was a rat hole when we moved in so most of last summer was spent fixing everything and getting the house presentable from the curb. Got real good at working with cement blocks. Before After Now money has dried up and I'm down to low budget projects. We threw some plants in the ground last year but never had the time to dedicate to a garden. I have a few reasons for starting a vegetable garden. I want to grow my own food. I want my kid to understand that vegetables come from the earth and that if it doesnt come from our garden someone has to put in a lot of hard work on a farm to get it to us. I need an inexpencive hobby. I need to get outside more and do some work. I hate my job and need something rewarding. I dont have much experience growing plants or vegetables but There is a great nursery nearby. If you go there midweek they will be happy to chat with you for hours. Then theres always google and the web. So the area I'm working with is along side my house. Its 10' x 25' and was previously covered with hedges and weeds. We pulled all the hedges when we moved in. Most of the roots are still in the ground though. Plan is a few raised beds and fill in with potted herbs and flowers to attract pollinators. The walkway will be brick and everywhere else will be pea gravel. Not to scale The beds in front of the window wells will be around 44" x 60" and the long bed along the fence will be about 15' x 18". The one against the back fence will be 48" x 24"ish. I started working today. This is how it started. The area gets full sun on the left 4' to 6' feet and shade from the fence on the right. I have been saving pallets from work and I plan on using them to make some benches and maybe a potting table. Something like this which I saw at the nursery. Cleared all the stuff laying around and pulled the brick which I plan to reuse. Its about 35 square feet worth. Pulled out all the grass and weeds that had already started growing. Then loosened up the soil and graded it away from the house. The window wells were in sad shape so I cleaned them out, layed some weed mat, and covered with 2-3" of pea gravel Before After Once the wind kicked up I figured it would be good time to lay the weed mat by myself. So the plan is to got to the lumber yard tomorrow morning and get some cedar to build the beds and start getting them together. Im working all weekend so Im hoping to get them built tomorrow and thursday so I can schedule a topsoil delivery for next monday or tuesday.