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Raised beds – At last!

D and I have wanted raised beds since we started our garden 7 years ago, but we aren’t the best project people. But this winter we finally finished! We already have some plants growing, I even started some from seed!

Here’s a sort of photo essay of the building of our raised beds. We went by these instructions from Sunset. It was a really fun project, and normally shouldn’t take more than a weekend. We just got it in our heads that it would be a lot harder than it turned out to be, I think.

We built the raised beds in our garage. Teamwork, yeah!

We built the raised beds in our garage. Teamwork, yeah! D was excited to have a reason to buy a impact driver, but I think a normal drill would be just fine.

Here is the first one finished: they are both 4'x6' and are about a foot tall.

Here is the first one finished: they are both 4’x6′ and are about a foot tall.

The first raised bed installed. It took a lot of prep to get the weeds out of the soil first, so next we...

The first raised bed installed. It took a lot of prep to get the weeds out of the soil first, so after leveling the raised beds we added cardboard.

Checking to see it is level. I will admit that they seem to have settled in parts, but not too much.

Checking to see it is level. I will admit that they seem to have settled in parts, but not too much.

... added cardboard to the bottom of the raised bed, before adding soil. The hope is that this will help suppress weeds. We have morning glory in this part of the garden pretty bad.

Here we added cardboard to the bottom of the raised bed, before adding soil. This should help suppress weeds. We have morning glory in this part of the garden, it’s basically impossible to stop, the best hope is to try to slow it down.

Finally, we had soil delivered. The only access is a walk-through gate in the fence, so we had to block the alley while we brought in wheelbarrow loads.

Finally, we had soil delivered. The only access is a walk-through gate in the fence, so we had to block the alley while we brought in wheelbarrow loads.

I’ve planted a garden of basics this first year – cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions, carrots, zucchini, beans, and herbs. In one bed we direct sowed seeds, the other we planted starts. Wish us luck!