Always dreamed of starting a garden? Me too! Which is why it was one of the first projects we tackled after we moved into our sustainable home – once the snow finally melted, of course.

And though I’m not brand new to gardening and had a small one at our old house, this is the first year I feel like we have a “real” garden. 

My original plan was to not go overboard and plant every vegetable I could think of. But once we started building raised beds I just couldn’t help myself.

Plus, there was all that unexpected extra time in March and April for planting seeds and starting a garden indoors…

If you’re curious about how to start a garden bed, this video gives an outline of our approach. Plus, it features my super cute kiddos and my talented husband Devin operating a bobcat. The equipment. Not the animal. Just in case you were worried.

Want to see what we were up to this past spring? Check us out building planters, starting a garden from scratch, doing some landscaping – and planting trees too!

Did you know that Etsy is the first major online shopping destination to offset 100% of carbon emissions generated by shipping? Read more about the initiative here and view my favourite eco-conscious Etsy finds here.

Watch the Video!

Our next step in the realm of organic gardening… composting! If you too are on a mission to learn the perfect recipe for gorgeous, nutrient-rich compost – this handy printable from The Zebra is a great place to start.


Sign up for the Of Houses and Trees monthly newsletter and I’ll send you my FREE list of “The 8 Best Places to Buy Eco-Conscious Decor Online.”

Of Houses and Trees Subscribe


Larissa Swayze Facebook Larissa Swayze Instagram Larissa Swayze Pinterest Larissa Swayze YouTube


An empty raised garden bed near a kids' play structure with text starting a garden from scratch.

Posted on August 1, 2020

Former architectural technologist. Current treehugger.

I’m here to help you green your home – and your life.


Subscribe to the Of Houses and Trees monthly newsletter and I’ll send you my FREE list of “The 8 Best Places to Buy Eco-Conscious Decor Online.”

What on earth is sustainable design? Learn all about this eco-focused design method and read the latest posts about green architecture, interior design and decor.

Sustainable living is more than just a thing treehuggers talk about. It’s about making conscious choices everyday. Read the latest posts on living with the planet’s wellbeing always in mind. 

Visit the Of Houses and Trees sustainable product directory and support brands trying to make a difference in the world.

Find out more about our 40 acres of land in Parkland County, Alberta and the sustainable home we built amongst the trees.

Need help creating the home of your dreams? Care about the planet? You’ve come to the right place! check out my affordable, sustainable e-design services.

Having a had time choosing paint colours? I’ve got you – and your walls – covered with an interior paint palette sure to compliment your home.

Have questions about creating an eco-conscious home? Go ahead – ask me! Sign up for one of my free online interior design consultations and ask me anything you want. 

A living room decorated in a mix of vintage and modern pieces.
Starting a Garden from Scratch | Our House in the Trees | Episode 8

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.