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    Posted June 18, 2012 by
    gig harbor, Washington
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    From garden to table

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    Gardening with Raised Garden Beds


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     MavisGarden of Gig Harbor, Washington, documents her raised garden beds as she catches up to her annual goal of growing 2,000 pounds of food right in her own backyard. "Not only is gardening an inexpensive and rewarding hobby, but it's a hobby where I can literately enjoy the fruits of my labor." Take a look at her previous iReports to see more of her home gardening experiences.
    - stein0726, CNN iReport producer

    Maybe it's because I have a major case of OCD, but I love growing vegetables in raised garden boxes. Not only can I keep up on the weeds easier, but they just look so darn tidy.


    In an effort to grow 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables this year I decided to plant 100 of my 120 tomato plants in 10 of my garden boxes this year. Sure, they are crammed in there a bit, but I think people would be surprised to know just how much food they can grow in such a small about of space.


    Seed packets encourage us to plant our seeds way to far apart. I say go for it, be a rebel, over seed. Who knows, you may just need a wheelbarrow to bring in your haul this summer.

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