Why I don’t care that I found a worm in my bed.



This will be the year I go to bed.

Raised beds all around.

I’m not going to get into it now but in the coming weeks I’ll fill you all in on the raised beds I built, how I did them for CHEAP and what I hope they’ll do.  Other than rot in the next few years.

I’ll also walk you through my ENTIRE community garden plot for the very first time.

Have a good weekend!



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  1. Laurinda says:

    I look forward to taking a peek into your bed!

  2. Paula says:

    Excited to see what you come up with! Mine is coming along, but oh so slow…

  3. brenda says:

    tell us you did NOT find a real worm in your real bed (gummy worms w̶e̶ well, I, would get that) real worms … well I would get that, too, maybe … kind of (if you fell asleep with your boots on … because you were really tired after a day in the garden … kind of

    • Karen says:

      LOL, no. Worm in my garden bed. LOTS of worms in my garden beds. ~ karen!

      • IRS says:

        That’s a good thing, right? As long as they’re earth worms, and not the kind of worms that eat everything in sight, and then morph into different vermin, that also eat everything in sight. Earth worms loosen soil, and poop lovely fertilizer, which is why I think it’s rather mean to call someone a worm as an insult. Mean to the worms, that is.

  4. Amber says:

    Karen, you are a tease!

  5. brenda says:

    well good – let this happen to someone else besides any of us – heheh
    could you imagine … ohhhhh

  6. Rosemary Kennedy says:

    Brisbane Australia. It,s currently 23c, winter starts 1st June .

  7. Ardith says:

    Heck of a headline. Awesome. Congratulations on all of your bed worms. Looking forward to seeing photos of the whole garden plot. Cheers.

  8. SusanR says:

    More raised beds on my “To Do” list too. I built 5 a few years ago, but I can’t seem to stop myself from buying and planting more and more and more seeds. Is there 12-step program for that?

  9. Grammy says:

    Isn’t it joyful to find lots of worms in your bed? Yes, it is! Have fun this weekend yourself, and then show off all your fancy-dancy community garden beds to us, your loyal minions.

  10. Dovely says:

    You will love growing in raised beds. I get more than a dollar per sq. foot out of my raised beds.

  11. ~JackieVB says:

    I’m trying strawbale gardening this year in addition to my raised beds. So far they are doing beautifully, but it did take some doing to make sure they were conditioned properly. I can’t imagine that you would be able to build a structure for raised beds in a community plot plus you did say CHEAP – so I’m thinking you’re doing something along those lines ?…

  12. danni says:

    I would need the twelve step program too, multiple raised beds, I even have a triplex bed!! (Karen you should see the pictures, you would be inspired!) Then I dug out the lawn and paved through and around, even did one side herringbone bricks…. its my addiction, and people are starting to realize how severe it really is….

  13. danni says:

    OH! also with raised beds you can go VERTICAL easier! I have uprights with eyehooks running the lengths, each year I can string them differently for vertical gardening! My triplex also has this!

  14. Jody says:

    Looking forward to seeing your garden. I’ve got my name on a waiting list at 2 community gardens. Hopefully next year.

  15. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I always love seeing your gardens grow…

  16. Audrey says:

    Can any one of the bazillion people out there give me Karen’s tooth polish recipe. I’ve lost it! Ta, in advance.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Audrey! All you have to do is type “tooth polish” into the search bar on the right hand side bar of the site. Right under the picture of me with the fish. You can search for anything on here that way. ~ karen!

  17. Mary Kay says:

    I CAN’T WAIT!! The hubby and I have been discussing raised garden beds. We are both getting older and kneeling on the ground for extended periods of time makes us just want to lay down with the worms in their beds! Can’t wait to see yours for tips for our own!

  18. Ev Wilcox says:

    We had raised beds years ago and wish we had them again. They really cut down on weeds, drain if too much rain, easy to water if too dry, and easier to tend -less back pain! Bet you enjoy them! You and the worms, that is.

  19. Connie says:

    Better a worm than a snake!!

  20. judy says:

    I just had an Eureka moment with all of the responses showing experienced gardeners are a large part of your fan base. We are in our seventies and not as spry as we once were, so could any of you suggest a plant for a small yard with wall to wall dry dirt or flooded dirt and 3 huge shade trees. I have tried all the “shade grass seeds” and they just don’t last. I think maybe a ground cover might work but which? Not that dark green Ivy, we are in Virginia-zone 7 and Ticks Fleas and UGH! the dreaded Chiggers seem to love Ivy. Step into it at your peril! Thanks for any suggestions and love this Blog. P.S. Have 100 lb. mutt and 120 lb. Rottweiler so can’t be just stone or pavers. Rottweiler evicted from sons townhouse so naturally he arrived at our doorstep.

    • j says:

      Love to hear the suggestions you get. Lawn mowing is the bain of my existance-is that the right word? and I am sure my neighbors are none to pleased. [Big dogs are worth their weight in gold!!] Maybe just cover it all over with hay for a few years to kill off the weeds, and then put in raised beds and grow something low maintenance???

      • judy says:

        I need a plant to hold the remaining? dirt in place or get top soil tubed into the back yard and then plant a crop of something. the roots of these huge trees are being exposed and that worries me. If they fall we are will be making our acquaintance with the relatives of Karen’s bed-worms.

    • Laura Bee says:

      Periwinkle/Vinca is nice and covers well. It took over one bed at our old house. Tons of sun. My MIL has it growing all under her Maple tree. I saw a house once with the whole yard covered. They had some big trees too.


      • judy says:

        Thanks………… The local nursery recommended that plant but I must admit I didn’t know if they thought it would actually work or they just had lots they wanted to get rid of. I have come to doubt sales persons a lot in my old age. Have to be more trusting, Thanks again, I am going to buy a couple of flats and see if I can protect them from the marauding Canines

        • Pam'a says:

          I was going to suggest lysimachia aurem, or Creeping Jenny, but it may be considered invasive in your neck of the woods. It’s a light chartreuse color, which lights up shady areas nicely, and very easy to grow.

          Barring that, how about lamium? Also called Dead Nettle, it’s a slow spreader and easy to care for as well: http://www.perennials.com/plants/lamium-maculatum-pink-pewter.html
          (Anything that reduces lawn is a plus in my book!)

  21. Theresa says:

    Hmmmm, I’d much rather find a worm in my bed than a scorpion in my kitchen sink!! We’re having lots of rain here in Texas and a coworker of mine told me he’s found TWO scorpions in his sink so far over the past few days….I didn’t even know that was something to watch out for. I’m at work and my skin is just crawling!!!! Eek

    • IRS says:

      Theresa, the news out of Texas is simply devastating. Something like 20 people dead in the floods now? Not to mention the enormous property damage. Wildlife experts are saying that snakes and large insects like scorpions are also trying desperately to avoid the flood waters – and that means they are invading humans’ living spaces. Do be careful about any of these “neighbors” that might be where you don’t expect them. Where I live, the worst thing to fear is mosquitos, and since it’s been dry, there haven’t even been too many of those yet. I wish you all the best in recovering from this disaster.

  22. dee says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing about how you’ve accomplished this cheaply Deb; about the only way I know of doing that is thru permaculture…I’ve pinched and dug in neighbour’s dead leaves before, but haven’t quite gotten to the point of dragging rotting logs down the street (I don’t drive), but it’s coming, I can tell-am I close?

  23. Kristina says:

    Every time I find a worm when digging in the soil, I run it over to put it in one of my raised beds.

    And 6 ft (well 5’10″ish once you cut the dog ear off the top) x 5.5 inch cedar fence slats make for great raised bed sides. Takes 6 to make a 5’10” x 35″ishx 11″ bed.

  24. Kathleen says:

    Oh! My! Hat! You still have the energy to lift the beams above your head?

    I am looking forward to the middle result. (The end result being the veggie harvest and blooms for the house)

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