This hillside has been a pain in my butt for 2 seasons now. There is a flat area at the top and then a sharp slope that is fine for planting things like melons, but gets so quickly overgrown that a raised bed is really the only way to go. We managed to get some nice salvaged lumber from a friend and built two LARGE raised beds. We dug the lower one in so that each bed would be level. Now I have a 10' x 3' bed AND an 8' by 3' bed of beautiful fluffy soil (organic topsoil with rabbit manure, hay, and compost).
|Stage 1: Cut down grass and loosen sod.|
|Stage 2: Level the area where the beds will sit, lay the frames and fill with dirt.|
|Stage 3: Bask in the glory of your new garden beds!|
They turned out so beautifully that I really think we're going to convert ALL the beds to wooden raised beds as soon as they are empty. They'll be a heck of a lot easier to weed-whack around, that's for sure.