Here are some photos from my most recent weekend project. The weather was nice in Chicago, getting all the way up to the 60s with warm sun, so we decided it was time to raise our garden beds.
The day started in our hardware store's lumber department. We purchased enough 1"x6" pieces of cedar—not pressure treated; a chemical in that process is harmful to plants—to make three 50-inch by 50-inch boxes.
After my wife cleared out some of the waste, I dug a few inches into the ground to give the wood frames a subterranean foundation. We placed the frames down and spread the soil evenly inside each box.
Here is another view of the beds, facing south. The boxes are still relatively unfilled, because we haven't added any new soil yet.
We placed bricks between each of the raised beds for easier access—without having to step all over the soil—to the deepest reaches of each beds.
Plus, I just like the way it looks.
Though it's still weeks until the date of last frost in Chicago, we've got our first seeds in the ground! Arugula supposedly thrives in the cool temperatures.
Is this ridiculously early and hopeful? I guess we'll find out.
The tangle of weeds, organic matter and drifted garbage left after our first day back in the garden. So satifsying to get it out of there. Read more from The Dirt blog How does your garden grow? Check out The Gardening Club