Sticks & Stones

That’s it. Just sticks and stones. And a measuring tape. And about 3 separate trips to Lowe’s, a bit of rearranging, a shovel, and minimal profanities. And Voilà! A garden bed!!

Ready to start this project for yourself?  Here is what you will need:

Supplies:

*12 planter blocks 

*maybe rebar to keep the blocks in place (I haven’t done this yet)

*6  treated lumber boards: 2 inch width by 6 inch height by 8 ft long (cut in half to make 12)

*A level(ish) area to accomodate the project

*A shovel and a level to help with leveling (not needed if leveling is not a concern or care)

*A non-rainy day, preferably, which is a bit of a unicorn in Western Washington this time of year.

*A smidge of patience

*A basic knowledge of Legos or Lincoln Logs

Estimated time:

*Depends on the person, distance from a home improvement center, hauling space within the vehicle, general funds, and the ability to stay on task.

Pros and Cons verses a kit purchased from Amazon (I also have a couple of these)

Pros: better quality and longevity than a purchased kit.  Also, bigger in general. The satisfaction of building your own bed. You can vary dimensions based on wood length and levels (stacks) of blocks.

Cons: You become your own two day shipping.  Or however many trips it takes you.  Also, the lumber yard is a foreign place.  Bring your passport.  Another con is treated wood may not be healthy for items grown for consumption.  If this is the intent, purchase a liner.

Unknown:

How many soil bags it will take to fill this monstrosity.

Conclusion:

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but they are very satisfying to play with in one’s very own yard and garden.  Have fun!

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