So far, I’ve worked on the garden box until sunset two evenings in a row. The raised bed is built, filled with Miracle Grow (I need all the help I can get), and gridded. I gridded it by stapling garden twine (love that staple gun!) to the wood. I tied a knot on each end of twine to keep it from slipping under the staples.
The cage (to keep critters out) for the box is complete as well. I had two, 8-foot sections cut, but got home and found one under and one over cut. I cut off 8 inches on the longer and used pliars to bend each wire (chicken wire) at the top of the 8 inch piece around the bottom of the shorter chicken wire piece, thus making two, 8-foot long sheets of chicken wire. Did that make sense?
I laid the two 8-ft sheets cross-wise like a plus sign, raised up the sides (I previously bent the sides two feet from either end), bound the corners with plastic ties, turned the cage right side up and attached it to the wooden frame. On my last cage, I used ties every few inches to attach the cage to the frame. This time, I used two ties per side, and then used my handy staple gun to staple the cage to the frame. Much faster and easier! I also made sure to attach the cage to the inside of the frame, so that it would have a neat appearance on the outside. After stapling the cage to the frame, I bent up the pointy bottom edges, so that they didn’t go below the frame and that everything was flush. Finally, I used some ties at the top of the cage, to hold both sheets of chicken wire together.
Today or tomorrow, whenever the weather warms a bit, I’ll start planting my tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, marigolds, cucumbers, and squash.