Craigslist is such a great resource for gardeners. Did you know they have a farm + garden section?
Last week, I bought this fabulous 4’x6′ elevated garden bed for $25 from a fabulous lady named Francy. (I’ve never met a Francy who is anything less than fabulous – great name!) When this marvelous beast wouldn’t fit in the back of my van, Francy put it in the back of her Tahoma and followed me back to my house!
No joke. She even threw in the potting soil!
I was sooooooo excited to get it in place on the back patio.
Here it is… in honor of Francy… The Francy Bed!
I absolutely LOVE it!
But, in my eagerness to get it in position, I overlooked a few key things I had planned to do (so learn from my mistake!)
First, this elevated garden bed has a screen bottom to allow for good drainage and minimize wood rot.
Unfortunately, by not lining the bottom first with some landscape fabric, soil started sifting out the bottom of the elevated planter bed. Dang.
All that beautiful work needed to be undone so it could be set up correctly. Gah!
If I had left it alone, the drip-line would have made the erosion through the screen even worse and I would have had a continuous mess under this elevated garden bed. Plus, the additional evaporation from beneath the elevated garden bed would have made it dry out very quickly making it harder to control the moisture level.
This baby must be lined!
I threw in some stakes (these are the landscape fabric staples I get) in preparation for the drip line install tomorrow.
Next, I added a cuphook to hold the galvanized metal chalkboard from Heidi’s Growhaus that I’ll hang from the side of the elevated garden bed.
The chalkboard is going to help me track exactly what gets planted and when in the Francy Bed and it will help the kids track learn about time to maturity.
First up will be John’s radishes.
I’m really happy to have another elevated garden bed.
Now there’s even more room to add vegetables and experience gardening at waist-level. Yaaaaassssssss!!!!!!!
My other score this week was a potting bench for $55 and it also arrived with free delivery from the seller, Mark. Can’t beat that!
Mark’s wife decided to sell it after purchasing it on Amazon two years ago.
They painted it this pretty gray. Love the color.
Mark even brought a paint can with some extra paint for touch ups. Aw….
I searched for this baby on Amazon (Potting Bench affiliate link) and they still sell it if you want to buy the exact same one.
It turns out – it’s foldable!! Even better for storing it away in the winter.
Here’s how it looks folded up….
Before you head out to do your own shopping on Craigslist, I thought I’d share my favorite saved search terms for garden resources on Craigslist. The dashes before the words help you rule out items that don’t fit my search criteria (so make sure you include the entire line of the search term in your search and then save your search to your account so you don’t have to re-enter everything).
Here’s My Complete List of My Favorite Search Terms for Garden Resources:
bench -bath -shower -weight
wicker -doll – buggy -bedroom -sleigh -basket -wheelchair -stroller
window box -conditioner -air -ac -ice -anderson -stained -film -truck -glass -blinds -door -oven -storage -car
arbor -saw -longboard -stub -pfaltzgraff -grinding -press -fly -tractor -blade -mill
garden – tiller -tractor -pit -firewood -chicks -trimmer -coop -toro -tilling -craftsman -cushman -cub
urn – coffee – heavy – oriental – christmas – majolica
fountain -drinking -painting -soda -punch -desk -table -indoor
Happy shopping you guys!