Part of my gardening is done on flat land in traditional rows . . . what I refer to as my field garden. Other planting is done in raised beds.
We've got 26 raised beds and over the span of years, normal deterioration of the wood frames has taken its toll. In the past couple of years, we've had to replace a few of the raised beds here and there. This spring, in doing a maintenance check, I found several that had pretty much given up the ghost over winter.
There are eight beds that I decided had served their purpose and needed to be replaced. One was done in early spring and is in use this summer growing season. That leaves seven more we want to get replaced yet in readiness for next year's use.
In his spare time (ahem), my dear husband has been working on constructing the replacement 4' x 8' frames. Above are four of them ready to go out into the garden area. We've used 12" wide boards for these frames.
How bad are some of the existing bed frames? Here's one that we've tried to give a little extra support to in order to keep it limping along. Enough now though. This one comes out and will be replaced.
You can see daylight through each corner of this other bed's end board which is just about totally nonexistent. Yup, time for this frame to go.
There's a blog post I did showing us installing a new raised bed frame if you're interested in more detail. Click here to go to that post.
Both of us are avoiding going to do outside jobs this morning. It's heavy and humid out there and prime conditions for biting insects. We have the possibility of thunderstorms today and tonight. We need the rain again and I wish it would just start raining and clear out the mugginess. Maybe even bring in some cooler air. Not holding out for much, am I?