The soil here in our area of southern Mississippi, I determined last fall, is rather poor. Dead pansies and shrubbery told the sad tale. Gardening, though, is something I can't do without!
Everyone says that raised beds are the way to go. Armed with a saw and drill, I went to work.
I am by no means an expert here, but I will tell you what I used--deck screws, 1x6 lumber, and yardsticks. I didn't use any brackets or weather-treated wood, because we (probably) won't be living here next growing season, so I needed something less-than-permanent.
(You can tell I used scrap wood for these end pieces.)
Measure, saw, drill, and fill!
My inspiration for the square sections was Mel's Square Foot Gardening. I didn't have the money for any of his fun products, but I liked his method of planting in squares.
(The dividers are cheap yardsticks from Home Depot.)
The fun part is watching the plants grow!
Seeing the plants break the surface and raise their heads is so rewarding.
I also planted zuccini, basil, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, and lima beans. And of course, some zinnias (my favorite!) and ranunculus.
What are you planting this year?