These are raised beds from last year, filled up with fresh dirt and compost. These beds will grow squash, onions, garlic, and various herbs.
This was one of the new beds we created. This is made of 2 x 6s and 4 x 4s. We cut the 4x4 into 18" posts and then sunk them roughly 6". We then cut the 2x6s into 4' and 8' sections. Next we fastened them to the posts, one on top of the other, so that the depth is roughly 12". Then we layered the bottom with recycled cardboard, compost, dirt, and topped it off with a layer of leaves. In this bed we will grow tomatoes
These are some great compost bins built by our friend Mike. As you can see, these are just discarded pallets. I use bungee cords to secure the fronts.
This is a new raised bed in the front yard. It is similar in construction to the previous bed except it is only 6" deep. Actually, we built this one first. It will be used to grow beans and peas.
As can be seen by the picture, this bed is next to the street. This bed was just measured and then the top soil removed. We 'fluffed up' the soil, removed the Bermuda grass from the top soil, created a border with timber from some trees we had cut and made a walkway out of straw down the middle. On the left there (north side), you can see a lighter colored area. These are some pavers we put down for access to the water meter. In this bed, we will grow potatoes.
Here is one that I am most proud of. It is a water catchment system. I modified the front gutter so that the rain water would funnel into the barrel. This is a 50 gallon pickle/pepper barrel we purchased from Atwoods. It came equipped with the front spigot. The plan is to connect a water hose to the spigot and attach a splitter on the other end of the hose. The splitter will have two soaker hoses that will be for the front beds.
It's so exciting when you see a project like this come together. It gives one a real sense of community when a group of people get together to help each other. It reminds me of well, of the first Christians. Of how 'the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer' (Acts 2.42). I pray that this will continue to grow, mostly in me.
Almighty God, we thank you for making the earth fruitful, so that it might produce what is needed for life: Bless those who work in the fields; give us seasonable weather; and grant that we may all share the fruits of the earth, rejoicing in your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.