I have very poor soil in my yard, and I was getting frustrated with the lousy crops I was getting trying to grow veggies in it. So, I decided to do something about it! I built some raised gardens, and in just a week the results are amazing.
I build three raised gardens using a mixture of potting soil and Miracle Grow plant mix. Then the brain matter kicked in and I incorporated bowling pins into my design.
Search for USED BOWLING PINS on eBay, $18.50 + shipping.
What you need is 10 USED Bowling Pins, and sturdy metal rack (or simular), a childrens wading pool, three bags of potting soil and one half bag of Miracle Grow mix.
The Used Pins you can find on eBay for $18.50 + shipping, the metal rack you can scrounge for, the wading pool you can get for a buck at a garage sale. The potting soil and Miracle Grow come from your local home improvement store.
Oh Yeah, you need seeds too!
Start by locating a clean piece of land in your yard. With a hoe, scrape the weeds and last years garden away. Place the bowling pins in such a way that the rack will be supported.
Place your sturdy metal rack on the bowling pins, making sure it's fairly level.
Next add one used wading pool that you bought for a dollar at the local swap meet or garage sale.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you have punched enough holes in the bottom to allow for drainage.
Add 2-3 bags of potting soil to the pool. Level out with hoe and add a half bag of Miracle Grow. After you level this and compressed lightly, add a final bag of potting soil.
Add water to get everything settled down and plant your seeds.
This same combination of 3-4 bags of potting soil and a half bag of Miracle Grow was used on three other raised gardens in my yard. I used railroad ties to form a planting area, put cardboard directly on the dirt and filled with potting soil and Miracle Grow. These are the results after 7 and 14 days.