This past Saturday was the yearly Rebuilding Baltimore day, and I rolled up my sleeves to help. I was one of the many folks that lent a hand so Pigtown Food For Thought could have a raised garden in the neighborhood. And I’ve gotta say that they did a fantastic job! Me, I learned a few things, and got to be butch for a few hours. Win-win!
Some of the things I learned:
* It’s not that hard to make a raised garden bed, and a “homemade” bed looks much better than 99% of the kits sold at the local box stores.
* To make a bed, drill holes into the wood, then use the screws to hold ’em together. (The screws we used were #9, 2 1/2 inch screws. I know because I took a picture of the pail they came in. I’d never remember otherwise.) Then cut a support piece that goes inside each corner, long-side of the support piece running along the longer side of the bed/box. Line with weed-stopper (we used cardboard, yay repurposing!), then fill with dirt. That’s all!
* Fill a garden bed/box really, super full. The soil/dirt/compost will settle, and so you’ll need more than you think you will.
Okay backyard. Once you get fenced, you’re getting a raised garden bed. Am I full of myself because I lent a hand on one project for a few hours where tons of other folks were doing the real heavy lifting? You betcha!