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03-04-2009, 08:04 PM
Today, we leveled the yard where 4 new 4X8 ft raised beds will go. Hauled all the lumber in, and worked until we dropped. Exhausted, but happy, now.



03-05-2009, 12:51 AM
I think that "productive worn-out tired" feeling is a great side benefit of gardening! For so many of us our daily lives are spent producing things that are not very physical or tangible to see. Seeing a physical product for our work effort is very satisfying - and being physically tired at the end of day feels pretty dang good too.

03-05-2009, 12:26 PM
yes! that's exactly the sentiment I wanted to convey, but lacked the words! Thank you for your elloquence on my behalf!

03-05-2009, 09:58 PM
Here here! I totally agree with my local gardening buddy who has seen many a day like yours recently.

Congratulations. Your efforts will be rewarded long into the future.

03-06-2009, 05:51 PM
Worked hard in the garden yesterday, too. Leveling, and laying landscape fabric (weed block fabric) down. So sore last night, couldn't sleep! Discovered a bruise on the palm of my hand and said, aloud, "how'd I bruise my hand?!" OH, YEAH.

03-08-2009, 08:21 AM
Way to go Monica! I know exactly the feeling you are talking about LOL But it's a great feeling. It's also a sense of accomplishment -- you can actually SEE the fruits of your labor.

03-09-2009, 07:23 PM
Today, we built the 4 new raised beds! WHAT WORK! But look how great it turned out!



I love my new raised beds!!!


(I just realized that I'm wearing the same shirt as last Monday. Don't worry, I did my laundry in between. LOL)

03-09-2009, 11:54 PM
Beautiful! The beds are good looking too! ;) :D

03-10-2009, 01:05 PM
Aww! I can't see the pictures.

03-10-2009, 03:54 PM
Great work! Everything lloks amazing. Sorry you gave up your patio for them though. What did you do for drainage? Maybe I missed it.


03-10-2009, 05:09 PM
Patio is still there - tiny slab just outside the door. The compost bin marks the end/edge of it.

Drainage will be pea gravel - eventually. No, SOON!!! The boxes are bottomless and sitting on weed block fabric. Sod is stripped underneath. Just dirt/soil. Our awful, Oklahoma clay soil.

03-11-2009, 02:54 PM
Monica, I have to say I am so proud of you. I love it so much. Please continue shareing the pictures, I really want to turn it into an article for the magazine.

Fantastic. You should post these pics over at www.vegetablegardener.com (http://www.vegetablegardener.com), they are so inspireing.

03-11-2009, 04:59 PM
Oh, wow! I'm humbled to think that I've done anything inspiring. Thank you. :o

Posted Pics at Veggie Gardener (http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4286/recently-built-4-new-raised-beds-for-vegetable-garden-in-our-backyard)per your request.

03-11-2009, 05:27 PM
Yippy! I got to see them they are so beautiful and inspiring. Wish my yard was big enough for 4 but I maybe able to get two in.

03-12-2009, 01:27 PM
Congrats on all your hard work! I want to build a raised bed, too. Any tips on where to get the lumber??? Thanks!:confused:

03-17-2009, 05:02 PM
we just picked ours up at the Home Depot. Maybe that's not the most politically correct place to shop. But we are a little ignorant here. I don't know any "local, sustainable," etc, place to get lumber. I guess we'll learn.

03-17-2009, 07:15 PM
Hey Monica

The beds look great. Definatly well worth all that hard work ;)

Take care


Garden Green
03-23-2009, 03:13 PM
Woohoo Monica!

03-23-2009, 03:34 PM
Monica, they are awesome!!! I especially like the pic of you inside the raised bed!! Too sweet!