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Writing 101: Day Nineteen, Don’t Stop the Rockin’

I’ve been AWOL from writing 101 and from blogging in general. As far as writing goes, my inkwell has been empty. The prompt description for today says it perfectly. I’m not …

feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident.

But, as my thoughts run crazy through my brain, I have taken my frustrations out on my yard. The good thing about that is that it is starting to take shape.

Last year, I planted some veggies in buckets and had pretty good success. My latest project …


A raised bed vegetable garden that might keep the bunnies out of it and that could be either temporary or permanent. I didn’t want to love my garden and in a couple years the walls started to rot away. So, I used cinder blocks. It seemed like a good idea … until about 54ish blocks later. Back! Breaking! Work!

Why the crazy design you might ask? Because I found my MAJOR design flaw after I was at least 95% done with the wall build. Ugh! My two sides did not mesh up together correctly. I had too much room left over after I added my last block but not enough room to add a spacer block. So, I improvised & got a little creative … turning two blocks side ways left just enough room to use a paver as a spacer and hid the fact that my two sides didn’t line up.

I planted wave petunias in a few of the cinder block holes to liven up the blah look of the blocks… when they finally fill out. And, I planted herbs, marigolds and onions in the other holes. My grandson particularly loves the little paver seat that I added for another camouflage effect.

The cement pavers around the side were placed flush with the ground so that I do not have extra weed eating to do … we can mow right up to this baby! And as is blatantly obvious, I was short 2 pavers.

I admit, this was not the “frugal” way to make a raised bed garden. Although, I did cut my costs a little by starting my plants from seeds and using a bunch of compost I had been brewing and mulch from my yard.



My first raised bed garden. (I guess I should have swept before the photo)

Planted in the bed … lettuce, corn carrots, tomatoes & cucumbers.

Now to not so patiently wait for the veggies to grow!

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