New Raised Bed Addition

Last week I came across an amazing find at Costco.  Usually I can remain strong and just buy what I went for, but this I could not pass up.  I’d just been talking with my neighbor (the one who helped me with the pit bull) about how I just need more space for all my seedlings.  She suggested building a raised bed, partially using some unused space in the slope.  On a side note, I like to call it the slope of insanity, paying homage to my favorite movie of all time, The Princess Bride.  So when I feasted my eyes on this beauty and then feasted some more on the unbeatable price, it went like a huge hotcake into my cart.

The Lifetime Raised Garden Kit.  It’s 4’x4′ with an early start enclosure.  There are a few things that I love, love about this set.  Options!  You can either stack the interlocking beds to make one deeper bed (as I chose to do – 18″ high) or you can set it up into two shallower beds.  The clear vinyl enclosure is super easy to take on and off and also has a zipper to open one side.

The beds are constructed of UV-protected high-density polyethylene, they are low-maintenance, weather resistant, and will not rot, crack or peel and emit no toxicity.  Plus it was a breeze to set up.  Took me about 45 minutes.

So, work began over the weekend to make way!

The dirt on our slope of insanity is so hard, that my husband has to use a root bar that weighs about 50 lbs. to even go down 1'. This was also a good area for a raised bed because the 2 palm tree's roots are everywhere.

Here it is in place without the vinyl cover. The cover supports also come off easily.

Since the nights can still be in the 40's, I've decided to keep the cover off only during the day. This bed & cover will also assist me with starting early seedlings next year.

I decided to plant 4 heirloom tomato seedling in here. These varieties grow to 2-3'.

The soil is a mixture of soil booster, bagged garden soil, and sphagnum peat moss.  What an efficient use of space!  Summer-ripe tomatoes, here we come.

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