Bocce Ball Court Transformed Into Victory Garden


Victory Garden

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.

Despite Hubby being Italian… we’re not really a bocce ball family.  But we’re all about living off the land!










As you can see, this 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 cheap filler 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.


Last year was the practice year.  I planted literally everything I could think of to see what would grow in the soil, light, climate, etc.  It was actually pretty funny because I was high on variety but low on quantity and would bring in one green bean and ask who wanted to eat it.  But it was a good experiment to see what crops we needed to focus on.


This summer, the only veggies I’m growing are lettuce (several varieties), green beans, zucchini, and tomatoes.


Everything is thriving and growing!



The other pain point last year was the sump pump.  It poured out into the grass, and left a divit for the flow of water, uneven ground, and the cause for much tripping.  No bueno.  I kept looking at it and looking at it and finally…..

…. why not use the water from the sump pump to water the garden?  The water is flowing down the yard and will end up there anyway.  Why not redirect it and reuse the water?

So we (well… not the “me” part of we…) dug a hole, ran the pipe, and now the sump pump drains in 3 different places into the garden.


The chicken wire fence works for now to keep out the squirrels and critters.  But I’m hoping (earmuffs Hubby) next year “we” can build a more permanent and stable fence for the garden.

Victory Garden



Love, hugs, and eating FREE salad all summer long.





8 comments on Bocce Ball Court Transformed Into Victory Garden

  1. Anne@DesignDreams
    July 22, 2013 at 9:45 am (2 years ago)

    Fabulous job! and you will so enjoy all those lovely veggies :)

    Thanks for your visit and your sweet comment. Happy Monday xox

    • Holly
      July 22, 2013 at 10:02 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Anne – Thanks so much for visiting! Hugs, Holly

  2. Manuela@ A Cultivated Nest
    July 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Wonderful job on your garden! That was a good way to figure out what will grow well for you.

    • Holly
      July 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Manuela – Thanks so much! We’re finding out that this year is a learning experience as well. Hugs, Holly

  3. Trish @ Uncommon Designs
    July 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I say beautiful victory garden over a bocce ball court any day! Well done! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


    • Holly
      July 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Trish – Thanks so much and thanks for hosting a fun link party! Hugs, Holly

  4. Kathy
    July 31, 2013 at 9:08 am (2 years ago)

    Hello Holly, love the transformation- quite inspiring – your salad vegies look wonderful. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

    • Holly
      July 31, 2013 at 9:16 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Kathy – thanks so much and we are looking forward to more harvest! Hugs, Holly


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