The Finished Wall

The wall has turned out beautifully. After construction was finished,I went through and stained both sides of the untreated wood, hoping to provide a little added protection from weathering.

Next, Chis drilled an upward-angled hole in the bottom slat every five feet and inserted a small length of copper tubing to promote drainage. Inside, we filled the bottom foot all the way across with gravel for the same purpose. Finally, we added a lining of landscape fabric to keep too much dirt from filling in that gravel, while still allowing the water through.

The last step has been the most difficult: filling the 2×20 foot bed with dirt. I’ve been taking a couple wheelbarrow loads here and there from our compost pile in the front, but have emptied about as much as I can without disturbing what has suddenly turned into an unexpected pumpkin patch (my favorite type of surprise).

I’m aiming to finish the bed up shortly so that I can transplant my remaining sweet potato vines, letting them drift beautifully over the edges of the wall, as well as a host of trailing herbs ready to go wild.

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Our garden “room,”

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Future plans call for decorating this side with a collage of colorful tealight holders.

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The next step will be to add a small storage bench on this side of the garden wall.

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When looking off the porch, it’s a delight to have one corner of the yard that seems almost “finished.”

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3 responses to “The Finished Wall

  1. That looks gorgeous. The only way it could look better would be when the veggies are ready for picking.

  2. Wow. I am impressed at the multiple heights in the first one. Much more complicated, interesting, than the boring flat gardens you see everywhere…

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