Yep, I built a raised bed. Well, ok, technically my husband did, but I cleaned out the garbage from the lot, which was once again littered with junk food wrappers, cigarette butts, and empty bottles. (Sometimes I hate Philadelphia.) But the garden is slowly beginning to take shape, and it could be a really amazing addition to the neighborhood.
Our costs (so far):
- 8 cedar planks, 6' and 4' long, and supports to create one 4' x 6' raised bed - $105
- 2 40lb bags of top soil - $2.50
- 1 package of galvanized nails - $4
- 30 gallons of compost - Free (from Fairmount recycling center)
The project is progressing--slowly, but surely.
(The raised bed is 6' x 4' and 11" deep. Since the cedar planks were only about 5 1/2" wide, we doubled them up. We added 2" square cedar posts to the corners to serve as supports.)