Solid, unique history for the bed frame's repurposed life as my favorite garden bed.
Years ago, in my coming-of-age teenage town of Windsor, Massachusetts, I would often drive by this kitchy little house and home of the Itty Bitty Tree Farm (where we bought our Christmas trees). One spring, a bed frame with head and foot board sat in the front lawn with a cascading mound of colorful annuals (probably petunias) and an even bigger (and white) mound for pillows. Some who need-not-be-named thought it tacky, but I thought it ingenious--and what a great use of an old bed frame (I was concerned about trash even back then).
From then on I knew, I too, would have a bed frame garden one day. For as much as getting older sucks, fulfilling little dreams that form when you're 14 is pretty rad.
So when I met that tacky black canopy frame at Goodwill ten years ago, I saw a bed frame to get me through my remaining bachelorette years, and also began envisioning my own garden bed for farther down the road.
With my bachelorette years thankfully behind me, a husband named Mitch and our own home in Plainfield, that down the road is here. Our first purchase after the house was a new bed--creating the space for mounds of excitement to envision the garden bed all winter.
Last spring, Mitch measured and purchased untreated wood boards and fit them to the inside of the frame. He loaded a truck load of compost planting mix from Grow Compost and dumped it in the bed. The rest was up to me!
While the soil was getting prepared for this summer's 1,000 square foot "big garden," I squished as many veggies as I could into the bed frame, leaving herbs, greens, and onions to the kitchen garden off the deck. Carrots, peas, peppers, and dwarf tomatoes grew in the bed and cherry tomatoes and dwarf cucumbers grew upside down in recycled hanging baskets. The tomatoes wouldn't ripen so I made a makeshift greenhouse--which worked and yielded 6 quarts of sauce!
This year, winter was never ending, so I planted radishes and spinach (which I am harvesting as soon as I post this blog) and made a cold frame. The peas and carrots had so much fun last year, that they're back for another round. Cherry tomatoes are again in recycled hanging baskets, only this time right side up--I found the soil dried out too quickly when upside down.
Various greens and radishes will rotate for the rest of the season and we're working on building a more permanent cold frame using recycled windows.
Enjoy the slideshow!