For the past couple of years, we've been talking about finally putting a garden in. This year, we're already off to a late start, considering how much there is left to do. But we're making definite progress, thanks to Ken diligently putting in some hard work these past couple of weekends, starting to build our raised beds.
When trying to decide what to build the beds out of, I priced a lot of different materials and was surprised to find that cement blocks are cheaper than lumber. Plus, they're not going to rot, and if we change our mind about where we want the beds at some point in the future, they can be disassembled and moved.
But to look good, they have to be put in level. That's where Ken's hard work comes in. He's been digging the first layer of blocks in level, even stair-stepping them down the length of the beds to compensate for our sloped ground.
Eventually, the beds will be two blocks high, plus a layer of solid cap-blocks. I'm sure we won't get all the beds we want built this year, but we can always add more as time goes on.
Here's an example of one row before being leveled and how much better the level row below it looks: