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.


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!


Homemade Alfredo sauce and Grilled Chicken

Bonus Post – I didn’t plan to post about my dinner plans for this evening but it was so yummy I had to share.


Italian Grilled Chicken:

  • 3 free range organic chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing, wish bone brand.
  • 1/4 cup grade A or B maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Put everything in a bowl and marinade for at least an hour. Then grill for about 3-4 minutes per side.

Alfredo Sauce

  • 1 pound organic noodles of your favorite kind.
  • 2 cups organic cream
  • 1/2 cup organic butter (one stick)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Romano cheese
  • Salt to taste

Heat cream, butter and cheese in a sauce pan on medium heat stirring constantly with metal whisk. Cooking until noodles are done.

Cook noodles as directed on box.

Pour sauce over noodles.

Served with homemade applesauce and sourdough bread. Yummy dinner if I can say so myself. 😊


Homemade Strawberry Pie & Whipped Cream

I’ll be honest, we don’t eat many desserts around here. I just don’t like to bake, and I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. But homemade strawberry pie and fresh whipped cream is irresistible. 

  1. I cheated and used a frozen pie crust, this was a last minute decision to make pie. Preheat the oven and cook your pie crust while you make the filling.
  2. Cut 5 – 6 cups fresh organic strawberries, I like my pie full of strawberries! (use this same recipe for peach pie) 
  3. 3/4 cup organic sugar (or coconut sugar 1:1 replacement) 
  4. 3 T instant clear gel. – We get this in Landcaster at a bulk foods store. 
  5. Mix your strawberries till they are a little bruised and the clear gel and sugar is thoroughly mixed in.
  6. Dump strawberry filling into cooled pie crust.

    Fresh Whipped Cream

    • 1/2 cup organic heavy cream (or if you have raw milk just scoop that fresh cream right off the top of your cow’s milk, yum!)
    • 2 tablespoons organic sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (keep any eye out for my diy vanilla extract post.)
    • Whip for about 2 minutes, not too long or you will have butter!
    • Top your freshly made pie and enjoy!