Adventures in Elevated Garden Boxes
When I was trying to find a good place to plant my garden, I discovered the best location was also the location where my pool pump drains when you clean it out. That didn't seem like a good plan. Therefore my garden mentor recommended an elevated garden.
So my husband built a beautiful box!It looked like it would be a perfect solution, however, we did not take into account the weight of the dirt. So, when we filled our big beautiful box with dirt, the bottom attempted to detach! Thankfully he had some spare wood to reinforce the base where it seemed most fragile.
Then the rain came. After the weight of the dirt and the water, most of the east side of the box caved in!
So he reinforced it more! Hopefully it will hold for the rest of the season. I already have thought of how to do things differently next year. Sometimes the failures are just as important as the successes. Failures make you think.
Next year I'll follow my garden mentor - her boxes look a bit sturdier!
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.
We just planted our first ever garden this year, and chose the box route as well. We didn’t get them started when I hoped, but it was fun and I think in our neck of the woods we’re still in time. Can’t wait to see both of our harvests! 🙂
Even if I don’t have the harvest I hoped for, I have loved watching tiny seeds growing into these amazingly diverse plants. There’s definitely a spiritual aspect to gardening. I enjoy it! I’ll be excited to hear how yours goes.