Our family decided to transform an existing Bocce Ball Court into a Victory Garden. Here’s proof that with a little creativity and a lot of hard work, you can build a vegetable garden in your own back yard! Check out the before and after, the DIY, and transformation!
When we moved, I really wanted a Victory Garden. When I saw the bocce ball court in the back yard with the raised bed… I knew it would be a “fairly quick and easy transformation”. (Side note… fairly quick and easy = BAHAHAHAHA!!!!!)
Despite Hubby being Italian… we’re not really a Bocce Ball family. But we’re all about living off the land!
The initial transformation actually was quick and easy.
But over the years, this garden took on a life of its own.
We finally decided to go all-in and create a raised-bed hybrid for our Victory Garden. I can’t wait to show you the before, during, and after. You will be amazed at the transformation!
Before – The Bocce Ball Court
This is what it looked like when we moved in. It really was the perfect spot for a Bocce Ball court. But it wasn’t us. The space, however, was 100% perfect to build a Victory Garden.
The initial transformation was much bigger than just the raised bed…. new fence… new landscaping… but more on that another day.
We got rid of the “court”, then filled the garden with soil. Once it had enough soil base, we added the good soil, plus a lot of manure hummus. And tilled. And tilled. And tilled. And tilled some more.
The first few years were practice years to see what would grow. We live in Zone 7, and the standards did us just fine – lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, etc.
The boys worked tirelessly to rebuild the garden.
We tried chicken wire for a summer. It was our feeble attempt to keep the squirrels out, but it didn’t work and was more hassle than it was worth.
So down came the chicken wire. This what the garden looked like for several years.
After – Our Victory Garden
There were two big updates that we needed to do to really have the Victory Garden of our dreams.
First, the boys built several trellises to help support the vertical plants. Daddy Bob even got in on the action.
PS – do you get “the look” from your teenager too?
And then finally, they built up the raised bed from 4 inches to 10 inches to hold more soil and give the roots more space to grow and flourish.
This is what our Victory Garden looks like now. Isn’t it beautiful?!?
READ: Raised Bed Garden DIY
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One Last Look at the Before and After
I’ll be sure to add more photos later in the summer so you can see the garden in its full glory. But here you go with the before and after.
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