I wanted to build a raised garden bed this year and decided that I had enough materials around the homestead to build one. My goal was to build it with little or no cost using reclaimed materials. I found a spot near my greenhouse that I was also building at the time that looked to be pretty level.
Step 1: First things first
I wasn't sure how big I wanted to make this, but knowing that I only had a few cement blocks to work with, I decided to go somewhere around 7 or 8 feet. I put a stick in the ground and tied a piece of bailing twine to it and cut off a length that looked about 8 feet. I then placed a block at the end of the string about every three feet until I had a perfect circle. I rearranged the blocks to get them to line up and then eye-balled the keyhole part to where it not only looked right, but big enough to be able to work in there.
Step 2: Adding a little style to the project
While adding a little style to the project, the reclaimed chimney bricks do give me about another two inches of height to the garden. I would have liked to made them look a little more professional by maybe giving them a cooler layout, but I'm not really a mason, and have yet to learn. Maybe next year after I get this thing to the preferred height that I would like, I'll work on my mason skills!
Step 3: Black gold
My friend and neighbor who is a dairy farmer is in the process of expanding his barn by adding free stalls. They had excavated a large area in what was the old barnyard in order to build the addition. I knew even before I started this project that I would have access to as much of this black gold I wanted! I only needed one trailer load, which isn't very much I would guess it to be maybe a yard. This stuff is awesome and I cant wait to see what kind of production I'm going to get out of this project.