Doing it yourself is pretty awesome. Doing it for free is even better. So we know that you can find landscaping rocks for free, last friday I found free compost, yesterday I found free wood for raised garden beds, and this saturday I am picking up free top soil and if that wasn’t awesome enough, someone is going to load the soil for me. Needless to say, I feel that I am pacing my work load as things come up. It’s a perfect system when you have the patience for it and you believe that what you want is waiting for you to find it.
The wood for these beds measures about 4×8′ and is about 30% of the wood that I scored yesterday from a nice lady down the street. I had to walk about 90′ from the pile of wood to my truck but a little work is worth it when it means getting more done than your budget allows.
I didn’t have any marking spray paint and I didn’t want to spend more money so I sifted flour on the ground to mark the dig. Using flour worked but you have to work fast, the lines tend to blow away in about an hour.
I had some compost lying around from the last load so I added that, about 2Lbs. of coffee grounds, and one bag or leaves to the soil. Blueberries taste just awful if the soil isn’t acidic enough; the coffee should help for now and as the leaves break down they will release tannic acid. Hopefully this is the start that my berries need. I should also mention that lots of coffee houses will give away their used grinds if you ask. There’s a Starbucks by my work that hooks me up.
Hopefully by Saturday I can plant everything in the ground. I have about 10 bushes that really want to settle down. Wish me luck!
Also, if you read my last post here is a clue on what I would like to do with those spool tops