Raised Gardens and a Chicken-Wire Memory

I started gardening in raised beds last year. Special thanks to my neighbor Terry who built them for me! This year I’m adding four more beds.

Simple raised bed tips:  1)  Use screws, not nails, to connect the boards. They’ll hold together longer.

2) Brace the corners.

Before filling with 1/3 peat moss-1/3 vermiculite-1/3 mixed variety compost, I lined the beds with newspapers to discourage weeds and chicken wire to discourage burrowing animals.

(A side note on the chicken wire: Always reminds me of  homecoming parades in our small town in South Dakota. Instead of flowers as they use for the renowned Rose Bowl parade, we stuffed fluffed-up paper table napkins in the chicken wire to create our creations.

Coming up with the design was great fun! Really!)

But, I digress. Gardening season is here and I’m ready!





4 Responses to “Raised Gardens and a Chicken-Wire Memory”

  1. Tom says:

    Mary – looks like you were successful with both the creation of raised boxes AND posting the photos! Well done!

  2. Susan Dosier says:

    Wow! These look great. I’m going to be good to get plants in the ground…but one day. I need a Terry nearby. haha!

  3. Pat DW says:

    I was just thinking of doing a couple of raised beds. Thanks for reading my mind. What are you going to put in yours? I was thinking of carrots. Are these deep enough?

  4. Mary says:

    Yes, but don’t add chicken wire to the floor of the bed for the underground veggies: carrots, potatoes, parsnips, etc.

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