A year ago I bought my first home. The side yard has undergone a transformation from an overgrown weed run into a veggie garden area complete with a bistro seating area.
The space is only 54″ wide. The house foundation makes up the wall on my two longest raised beds. The smallest bed is 32″x 48.”
This year I took an early semi-retirement social security to ensure my mortgage payment is made. I am continuing my PCA job part time to pay my utilities. Money is tight. Raising my own veggies helps keep me healthy and fed.
The design of my raised beds is to maximize space, establish permanent rhubarb and asparagus beds and allow for ease of tending since my knees are no longer up for kneeling. The beds are constructed of dry lay concrete blocks that measure 8″x8″x16,” 2 courses high. In addition to the planting space created within the block borders, each block itself has two 6″x6″x16″ individual planting spots.
The Victoria rhubarb plants that were added to the small bed have taken longer than expected to acclimate to their new permanent home. Four months later the two plants are showing signs of growing.
The Rhubarb Raised Block Garden Bed
The holes around this bed house baby broccoli plants, baby kale, marigolds and onions. The broccoli has produced numerous bite size florets for a weekly dose of this healthy veggie. Every few days I harvest a large handful of tender kale leaves to eat immediately or wash, dry and freeze for this winter. The tops of the onions are starting to wither, indicating the onions are ready to be harvested.
The marigolds add a splash of color while they stand guard against the insects that want to suck the life out of my life giving veggies. Next year I should be able to start harvesting enough rhubarb for sauce, pies and the winter freezer.