It seems like most of the winter I’m living in expectation of Spring. This season is the time of the year when I can’t wait to get out of the house and get my hands into the soil and feel the sun on my face! It’s the place that I feel the most peace, where I feel the closest to God and more in tune with who I am, if that makes sense. I used to have a beautiful garden on our previous property but this property that we are on now has proven to be a bit more of a challenge. But generally I don’t quit when presented with a challenge especially when its something I truly love to do! Last year I decided to build myself a raised bed to plant some things in for the year. My husband wasn’t able to help me due to another obligation so I set out to build it myself. I tried to go with something that was economical but would hold up well without much maintenance. I went with concrete blocks. A lot of times you can pick these up at job sites (with permission of course) when they are done laying block and have a few extras. Even if you have to purchase them the cost is minimal compared to other materials. Here are the steps to build your own raised bed.
Updated: The strawberry plants did not do to well shortly after that. We get very hot dry summers here in Tennessee and I think with the block surrounding each plant as it was it dried the plant out to much and also created to much heat for them. The plants were relocated to their own bed and I have plans to put a top cap around the bed. I was able to remove the ugly fence as the chickens have been moved so that’s a plus!