I have never worried about cold weather before, nor about any animals eating my bounty. Those days are over… Now I live in an area with plant killing frost and gophers a plenty. In lieu of this, I have created the raised garden bed fortress.
Turn down the lights and queue the drums please:
this is what the garden looked like before i got my hands on it
dug in about six inches, loosened the soil and added some alfalfa from a bale for good measure
attaching the walls to the posts
bottom part of frame and hardware cloth are attached by self tapping screws. nothing is getting in now (i hope)
main frame completed, with hardware cloth added to keep the unwantables from entering from below
this is the pièce de résistance. i expect the wood to absorb water so as to not have to water as often. this is similar to hugelkultur
If you are not familiar with hugelkultur, read this
article from MotherNatureNetwork. Or even better, this post from one of the greats of permaculture Paul Wheaton.
added some more alfalfa and manure, lasagna style.
the soil and manure, not very Organic
all done. needs more plants, but the frame is completed. as a side note, the barrel on the right was brought down by one of the awesome people here. it is filled with rain water that he catches. also below said barrel, you might notice a black cap. this little guy will be employed later, as it is connected to a pipe that carries grey water down the hill…
This will put a little dent on the to do list.