See, last year I wanted to establish a garden. I did a lot of reading and even ordered some seeds and raspberry bushes and started them. However, one thing didn't lead to another and with the torrential rain we had this summer, everything I started kind of died and none of it was put in the ground. The raspberry bushes were killed in their pot, I think due to poor drainage.
The other thing that held me back was (a) I didn't want to dig a garden. I did that as a kid. Its not fun. Or easy. And (b) building a wooden raised bed garden carries with it its own set of unique complications in addition to cost. Like power tools, which I am not completely confident in using.
However, I *may* have found a workable solution in the form of galvanized steel stock tanks. A couple holes in the bottom for good drainage, a layer of gravel, then landscaping fabric or newspaper, fill the rest with soil, and I should be good to go. Here is an example of a stock tank raised bed garden by Jessica at New Home Economics.
The other thing I was looking at today was vertical gardening. I would really love to put in a privacy fence at some point and if I did, it would give me lots of options for vertical gardening. However, I may be able to work something out on the back of the garage.
|Example of Vertical Gardening. Source: http://igardening.info/vertical-gardening-diy/back-yard-ideas-diy/|
Once the books I ordered on gardening arrive, I'll be able to make more definite plans. In the meantime, happy day dreaming!