With a little more time this summer I've been able to get some gardening done. As you might remember from last years State of the Garden we had a raised garden bed in our backyard but I wanted to add more garden space this year. So the obvious solution was another garden bed. Because of the neighborhood I didn't want to create an eyesore with big beds so these are only 8 inches high instead of the 2 feet or 3 feet that I would have ideally put for a garden. Eventually I'd like to have these 4 foot by 8 foot barely raised beds all across the back stretch of the yard.
The first step is getting three 8 foot by 4 inch cedar boards. Or if you're lucky enough to have a bigger pallet like I used for my cedar chest you can use recycled wood. Then cut one of these boards in half. From there you'll place the boards in a rectangle with one with two sides having the 8 foot boards and the ones in-between 4 feet. To nail these in use a cedar 2 x 2 piece as a brace and nail it into this. Then dig a small hole and place this brace into the ground. Once that's done the real building part is done!
From here you can either use a liner, or if you're making a little bed like mine you can place cardboard in the bottom. As you can see I wasn't wearing the best shoes for the job... Then I coved it with last years leaves from the yard and dirt. Because we have a bit of rabbit issue we also placed a rabbit fence so that they can't get to the fresh plant shoots.
Actually when I was at Lowes buying this dirt I saw one that was ripped open and told the store associate. He asked if I was still interested in buying it and we ended up making a deal to get it half off and he had a bag to cover it so we didn't lose any more dirt. Well worth it since the bag was still 4/5 of the way full so for some things it really is worth asking!
What's in the raised garden beds?
Hot Peppers (at separate ends)