so now i just have to find some tile that will look awesome with this.
i am open to any ideas.
in full discloser, when heather told me she wanted to make my raised beds out of corrugated steel and wood i was less than enthusiastic. but NOW i love it! but it was a PAIN in the butt to do it! we learned alot of lessons.
i was a dingbat for not taking more photos during construction. here is eri about to finish the beds (after working on it for 5 days.)
i need to take a photo of how it looks now.
he came down stairs at one point
(after the pizza had been there for about 40 minutes)
it was awesome!
then the next weekend we had to fill up the raised beds with soil. the first third was 2 parts sand and 1 part compost; the second third was 2 parts compost and 1 part sand; and the top third is 2 parts leafgro and 1 part composted manure.
leafgro is so awesome that it deserves it's own post. but i will just say this... from their website:
By composting leaves and grass clippings that would have normally been disposed of in a landfill, the Maryland Environmental Service converts organic wastes into a valuable resource. Leafgro® is a superior quality compost used extensively by the landscape industry and homeowners as a source of humus for soil improvement. Leafgro® is an outstanding example of recycling at its best.
The composting process begins in the fall of the year when leaves are collected and transferred to yard waste composting facilities where they are placed in windrows. In order to accelerate the decomposition process, the rows are turned and shredded on a regular basis. Beginning in the spring, grass clippings are added and the turning and shredding continues. After the composting process is complete, it is dried, screened and sold under the registered trade name, Leafgro®.
as i pulled out of the lot and got on the main road i realized that if i went over 45 mph it felt like i was kinda hydroplaning. but then i realized it was because the front wheels were not totally on the road. so with white knuckles and sweaty palms i made it home.
it turns out that my back doesn't like shoveling
and so holly did most of the shoveling and i did a large portion of hauling
i am mad that i didn't get a photo that really demonstrates the steepness of these steps!
once we were all back (me and holly, dianna, lindsay, morgan, and liz) we went to sushi taro and i think i ate more sushi than ever. it was so deliscious and well deserved.