I know this time of year isn’t really the best time to redo our raised beds but that’s just how it worked out for us. About 6 years ago, the boards that hold up the soil in our raised beds looked really bad. We had to replace them. Because my husband has an allergy to cedar we opted to go with regular untreated wood. It was less expensive and easier for my husband to work with.
Now six years later, we need to replace the board again. Our neighbor, being the great guy he is, told us about a cedar wood supplier that had some nice wide cedar boards to use for our garden. He even offered to pick them up for us the next time he was near the lumber yard. I told you we have great neighbors.
Our new cedar boards have been sitting on our deck for a couple of weeks now. My husband had discussed just making the raised beds a little wider and leaving the old boards in place, building the new boxes and then replacing the current boards. Since the garden is partly planted already. Again, not the best planning.
Over Memorial Day weekend, we decided to take on the first box. My husband had some work at the airport to do, while he was gone I started to take apart the first box. They were really bad, very broken down. So badly broken down, I couldn’t get the huge screws that held the top and bottom boards together out.
With a little work, most of them came out. The ones I couldn’t get out, my husband was able to remove when he came home. You would think since the boards were so badly rotted the screws would be easier to get out.
My husband wanted the raised beds to be level. The last time we installed the boxes, I thought we leveled them but they definitely weren’t level six years later. Maybe it was all the decay that threw them off. But this time we were definitely going to get them level.
After the boards were cut and level we assembled them with the reclaimed super long screws. These little babies are really spendy. I think we paid $50 for them six years ago. We reused them since they were still in such good shape. Finally about 9:30 at night the first box was replaced. Isn’t it a beauty? So far we haven’t lost one plant either. Woo hoo!
Here’s a few photos of how the garden is growing this week. I had to cover two of the raised beds. The ones we haven’t tackled yet, to keep the plants happy. Our tomatoes are growing well under the cover.
I even found a strawberry starting to turn red. I hope we will be eating strawberries out of the garden soon.
I’m hoping for better weather when we tackle the other two raised garden beds, so I can get some better photos of the process to share. Just in case you need to tackle rotting raised bed boxes.
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