Raised Bed Gardening with Woodchips and Pest Preventers.

A little precaution, I don’t have a green thumb. 😔 But I get a lot of tips from my parents are sister who are expert gardeners. 😊

First off if you don’t already have a garden, choose a spot in your yard that gets a good amount of sun. I made my raised beds out of cedar decking that we had from doing demolition on our house. Cedar is naturally rot resistant. Unfortunately I don’t have a DIY on the raised cedar beds, we made those last year.

Here are my beds, full of weeds.


To take care of the weeds I did 3 things.

Homemade Weedkiller


  • 1 gallon white vinegar
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 Tablespoon dawn dish soap, any kind.


Use a funnel and add the other two ingredients right to the vinegar bottle. I write my ingredient list right in the vinegar bottle and use it to store my extra weed killer in.

I bought the green pump spray bottle from Walmart. Works ok, but I might have to get a full size weed sprayer like my hubby has for landscaping.

Spray the weeds, carful not to get it on your vegetable or flower plants, it is not toxic but it will still kill your plants. After a couple of hours the weeds should be shriveling up in the sun. I’d give it a day or two then pull the weeds, weed whack them, or use a scuffle hoe, pictured below. The scuffle hoe (aka hula hoe or stirrup hoe) works wonders, it cuts of the weed just below the soil line. So easy to use and it’s not hard on your back.

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Hula hoe

Once you have taken care of those weeds you can cover your garden with woodchips. Woodchips keep the weeds down and the moisture in!


Tada! Weed free and hopefully it will stay that way for a while!

If you live in the woods like I do then you’ll have all kinds of pest problems; turtles, rabbits, deer, birds etc. I got some wild life netting and step-in horse fencing. I wasn’t quite sure how it would work when I was at the store buying my supplies but that’s what I came up with.


I think I need some more step-in fence, so for now I just draped the wild life netting overtop of the fence poles.

Lastly, I’m so sick of my husband stepping on all of my plants, because he never knows where I’ve planted new ones. So I made some pallet board garden markers.

Tristan and I had some fun painting some goose egg rocks to put in the garden.



Can not wait to eat fresh strawberries out of my garden!

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One thought on “Raised Bed Gardening with Woodchips and Pest Preventers.

  1. Weed killer spray is great! Your raised beds are so nice. Using wood chips is so smart. How cute your little one helping. I hope you get to enjoy fresh strawberries! Home grown is so much better!!!

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