Sunday, June 5, 2011


Remember approximately 700 years ago when I posted about our Vertiginous Veggie idea?

We started construction in late February and let's just say...I completely underestimated the difficulty we'd have conceptualizing, constructing, and finishing the plan. But, after much rain, a bazillion trips to Home Depot, numerous pallet runs, quite a bit of circling, discussing, redrawing, circling, and head-scratching, our raised beds are finally finished!

Ta Da!!

My husband is amazing. That thing was an ENORMOUS pain in the butt to build. The digging in clay, cementing it in, getting it all level & lined up...I did a lot of constructive spectating. I held some boards. The Man is the one who made it happen. 

While the sides and posts were new wood, the bottoms are made from reused shipping pallet slats. (Note: taking apart pallets is not as easy as one would think. TIL, right?)

So it's June...I'm still going to try and plant in it. Hopefully things will still grow. If not, we're all set for next year. 

We have had so many questions about it. "What is that?" "How are you going to weed?" "How will you water?" and my favorite, from the substitute mail carrier, "Can I take some pictures? My wife can't picture what I've been telling her."

I'll keep you posted about the planting. Hopefully something grows!


  1. Awesome idea! I don't know where you live but people are still planting all over where I live (Idaho) and a lot of things you can plant continuously throughout the season (like radishes). Good luck!

  2. This looks awesome!

    Not to be a downer, but I hope you made sure to use heat treated pallets and not the kind treated with methyl bromide.

  3. Beautiful!!! I would make sure that you use plastic liners/containers though if you want your hubby's nice work to last. Otherwise if you place soil directly in the boxes, it will constantly expose the wood to moisture and reduce the life from 10-15 years down to 3-4. And if he used treated wood the plastic containers will prevent chemicals from leaching into the soil (and ergo your veggies).

  4. Yes, please make sure your lumber isn't AC3 or bromide treated. I like this idea and wouldn't want you to expose your potential crops to those nasties.

    I'm sure you've got it all under control. Very nice work, I might build a few of these in the back yard if your experiment goes well!