Destin and I (mostly Destin) assembled the raised beds for our garden today. I got a lot of the drilling and screwing done on the first bed, but my hands started to get sore from the drill – the grip on power tools is really designed for man-sized hands! We had decent – for March – weather today, meaning it wasn’t raining and the sun peeked out a few times. It was nice to be able to spend some time outside today, and I’m hoping we can get them put in the ground next weekend.
Voila, two red cedar raised beds! Sturdy, too. The sides are 2″x8″ cedar, with 4″x4″ cedar corner posts, and 48 leg screws. At Destin’s suggestion, we added some two-by-four supports to the center of the long sides to keep the sides from bowing out once the beds are full of dirt. The two-by-fours are four inches shorter than the height of the bed, so they won’t show from the top once the dirt is in place.
The plan for right now is also to lay landscape cloth below the beds, extending about a foot past the edges of the beds to prevent weeds and grass growing up. I also plan to surround the beds with paving stones to make mowing easier. The beds will also be lined with chicken wire to help keep the moles at bay.
Thanks to the break in weather today, I was also able to get my square foot gardening templates painted this weekend. Spray paint is fun 🙂
Monkey had an interesting morning. Somehow (probably via the lilac out front) she got herself stuck on the roof of the house this morning. I’ve got to start getting my camera when she gets herself in a pickle before I get the step ladder. I heard crying when I called for her this morning, and then saw a little black and white face peering over the edge of the gutter. And people can’t figure out why I named our cat “Monkey”… On the plus side, Mia’s tummy seems to be feeling better after a couple days of antibiotics for bacteria overgrowth. She doesn’t appreciate having a pill stuffed down her throat, but so far we haven’t had any bloodshed!