Saturday, August 27, 2011

the raised beds are in




The plan for today was to put in the vegetable raised beds, this morning at Home Depot I made a last minute change. The original idea was to do 3 wooden raised beds, but after figuring the time it would take, I changed to cement blocks.
Cement blocks are not very pretty to look at, but they are easy and fast to put in and better for the environment. I have extra paint in the garage, and might paint the outside later.
During the next couple of weeks I will be buying the soil and the beds should be ready for planting sometime at the end of September.
Today I also added a 32 gallon water tank to my rain-barrel, now I have a total of 164 gallons in reserve [I'm ready for the dry season]


To all our friends in the northeast, good luck and stay safe.

7 comments:

Sandy said...

What a smart idea.. I might just do the same since I was wanting to make a few raised beds but was lazy about building them.. Thanks for the info!
Sandy

Bernie said...

I think your choice of blocks was great. They look good. The project is coming along very nicely and it's great to see you're now able to top up your extra water supply.

Susan said...

Hey Rusty, I like the idea of concrete blocks. They're perfect for planting annuals or herbs in. Great idea!

NanaK said...

I think you'll like those blocks better than wood. They won't decompose and you can use the cells to plant pollen attractors and herbs. When the garden grows in, you'll never see the unpainted concrete. I don't know, but paint could leach into the plants. I admire your energy in this heat!

Ami said...

I like the concrete blocks idea too! It should be an easy and fast way to build the bed. I may copy that idea :)

Cheryl said...

Great idea. Anything that is good for the environment ticks my boxes.

Look forward to seeing what veggies you will grow....

Love the water saving device....well done.

Stellamarina said...

Love your new water barrel. Have not seen that type here in Hawaii but it looks very practical. You will have fun getting the garden ready for an engagement party. aloha