Here at Hill Family Farm, we are big supporters of the “eat fresh, eat local” mantra. When you eat fresh, locally grown produce you’re not only getting healthy, great-tasting food, but you’re also helping support a local farmer and your local economy. Definitely a win/win!
To take the eat fresh, eat local concept a step further, have you considered growing some of your own vegetables? Don’t get me wrong, we definitely want you buying fresh chicken, eggs and produce from us! However, we also want to encourage you to give growing some of your own a go. It’s not that hard and it can be a great family activity.
An easy way to get into vegetable gardening is by using raised beds. Do you have a relatively flat area in your yard that gets at least 6 hours of direct sun? If so, then you can put in a raised bed and start growing tomatoes, squash, green beans or whatever vegetables are your family’s favorites.
Raised beds offer numerous advantages over traditional gardens. Here are just a few:
Building your own not your thing? No worries! A simple Google search of raised bed gardening will make your head spin with options. Want to avoid the shipping charges? Check out your neighborhood Lowe’s, Home Depot or Walmart. They all sell raised beds kits of various sizes/prices that you take out of the box and assemble in your yard. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention you can buy 3’x6′ raised cedar beds from us. (If interested, just shoot me an email for more information.)
Once your beds are set up, the most critical step is selecting the soil to fill them with. Just filling them with bags of top soil is not the answer, as top soil has very little in the way of plant nutrients. It needs to be a combination of top soil, compost, manure, sand and organic matter. I’ve tried mixing this myself and have had so-so results. If you live in the Nashville area, I recommend you check out Holy Cow Garden Mix. I’ve used it in the past and it’s hard to beat. Open the bags, pour it in and start planting. It’s that easy!
Hopefully reading this post will be the gentle nudge you needed to start your own raised bed garden. Give it a shot and let us know how it goes!