A finished raised garden bed is most satisfying. First because I really missed having it for winter greens. Second because it’s a big project completed.
That huge hole swallowed a lot of dirt and compost. I put it down in layers two to three inches thick. The dirt has a lot of sand in it, but adding more compost over the years will fix that.
As soon as the dirt was in, the temptation to plant took over. Spinach, lettuce, winter radishes, Chinese cabbage and bok choi seeds went in. Only two rows fit so each is a third of a row.
August may seem early to plant fall crops as it is supposed to be hot and dry. That has changed. Fall weather now comes and goes in August.
The finished raised garden bed wasn’t really finished once it was filled with dirt. The winter greens may take a lot of cold, but there is a limit. Protection is a must.
The next step was putting in the two posts, one at each end. They are eight feet tall. I am five feet tall. Post drivers are heavy.
Between a step stool, the bed stone walls, leaning the posts over to start with, the post driver got onto the posts. Once the post was driven in, the driver was down just enough to shove it off onto the ground.
Old electric fence wire was wrapped between the posts every six inches starting a foot over the bed. The ends are duct taped. Plastic is slipped over a wire at the desired height.
In the past I’ve used old lumber to secure the ends. This is not a great solution.
This time I bought some metal tent stakes and secured them in the stone wall. Baling twine will tie down the plastic to keep the wind from tearing it off.
Now I have a finished raised garden bed. And the first seedlings are visible.
Garden produce is entered in rural county fairs as in “Mistaken Promises.”