We had another successful workday in the garden thanks to our volunteers: Kris Berthold, Merlin Hall, Julie Lambert, Megan Riordan, Cinnamin Rivers, Scott Rock, Sam Sanderson, Kellynn Sembera and Jacob Sullivan.
Our goal was to install a single raised-bed, start to finish. The build team put down the cardboard, constructed the bed frame in the parking lot and then carried the frame into place. After the frame was leveled and one end raised to give the proper 1% slope, plywood was used to cover any large gaps between the frame the ground. Thanks to our neighbors at Designer Land Care, we have access to tree trimmings that were used to mulch around the bed.
The only thing left to do for this bed is put in the soil. Because we raised the bed frame to give the proper slope, the bed will need additional soil – as will most of the others that need any significant elevation adjustments. This will increase our soil costs, but it benefits the vegetables by having increased planting depths and proper drainage slopes.