Sunday, November 18, 2018

Chunky Raised Planters

Well, it's been a while since I posted and quite a lot has happened in the interim.  We have re-patriated to the UK (from California), moved house 3 times, and had another kid - a boy this time!

The current house is fantastically unusual, has a good amount of outside space, and is in need of a lot of TLC - which is a perfect excuse to pick up new skills and knowledge.

After clearing out a very overgrown part of the garden, we found that we had a really good amount of space to grow things. So, we decided to put in some chunky raised planters.

These are made out of slightly smaller versions of railway sleepers (they were on offer at the local lumber yard) which came in lengths of 200mm x 100mm x 2400mm (yes - everything is metric now).

Here are a couple of shots of the 'finished' project.  I say "finished" as this was 2016 and there's plenty more that's been done since then.

There were a few 'exciting' moments during this process. The first was having the wood delivered.

It's daft but the moment that gave me the most satisfaction ended up being when I had to make a new plate for the hand router in order to chamfer the sides of the planters.

Adding a layer of plastic to the bed and then some gravel for drainage:

We were happy with the way the first two planters turned out so it was time to make some more.

Hey look! We found an old path under all the dirt!

We were quite late in the season getting these all together (mid-May, 2016), so it was lovely to see the plants flourish.  We had three courgette (zucchini) plants which provided a good amount of veg for the next few months. The beans and peas were great (kids loved running out and picking them). The carrots were a bit of a miss as were the tomatoes.  Cabbages were good and the Brussel sprouts were ready in time to be used for Christmas dinner!

Here's the little two helping to harvest the Brussel sprouts for Christmas dinner (2016).

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