I have a back yard garden that is long and narrow. While I have great success with tomatoes, peppers and squash, I have yet to eat any of the green beans. The bunnies always beat me to them. Over the winter I did a lot reading about raised bed gardening. I decided I am going to give it a try by building two raised beds. By building the beds, fencing them, and possibly even covering them, I hope to add a little variety to my vegetable garden.
I did a lot of research into raised bed options. My carpentry skills are limited, but there are a lot of kits out there. With wood, rotting can be a problem, so I decided to build mine out of brick or stone. I had priced several types of stone and edgers at Menards and Lowe's. Then a friend suggested that I check out the Habitat for Humanity Restore. I sure am glad that I did, because I found five hole brick there. Each brick is about a foot long, and they only cost me fifty cents per brick, a fraction of what it would have been if I bought new. I should be able to build both beds for less than what one bed would have cost.
Today I laid out the foundation for the two beds. I have to do some leveling of the ground before I actually build the beds. I am going to use three layers of bricks to make the walls of the beds. Next thing I have to figure out is where I can buy some garden quality soil. Do you have any suggestions?
After working in the yard for a while, I loaded Winnie and Chloe in the car and we went walking at Copper Creek. They loved it and I have two happy but tired little dogs now.
There are so many things to be grateful for; my two adorable little dogs, an opportunity to get outside and work in my yard, and a beautiful sunshiny day.