I’ve always wanted to have a large garden, and now that we live in the Pacific Northwest on 2 1/2 acres, we can make that happen. Unfortunately, our property is pretty hilly, so we decided we had to get creative and do raised garden beds.
Because of how much rain we get, we were afraid that using wood to build our raised garden beds wouldn’t last us more than a few years. Bricks are actually fairly cheap and their lifespan will outlast wood for us.
Warning: This post will be photo heavy.
We’ve lived in our house for 7 months now, and we’ve changed the location of the garden about 3 times now. Thankfully, we didn’t start digging the garden until the third location decision. Can you imagine how much wasted work that would have been?
So we finally decided on the area down the hill from our house. It’s easy enough for us to access, it will get plenty of sun, and it wouldn’t block the area my husband likes to use to drive up to the back of the property.
The next step was to measure out an area and estimate how many bricks we’d need. Let’s just say, we over estimated quite a bit (but it worked out in our favor so hey, awesome right?)
We went with two pallets of bricks (240 bricks). They weigh approximately 20 lbs apiece. I won’t lie, I didn’t do most of the brick hauling, but I did do quite a few and that’s a workout!
So the bricks got lined up and leveled, and as they were lined up and dug into the hill, we realized we didn’t need as many rows as we thought. We originally estimated we’d need the back and sides of the raised garden beds to be 2 bricks high, turns out we only needed one row in the back. This saved a lot of extra bricks.
So, instead of building two raised garden beds like we originally estimated, we are able to build four. Which is fantastic because we kind of went overboard on buying seeds. Whoops!
Our next step is to fill the beds with dirt, and then wait for Spring so we can start planting! I can’t wait!