When last we left off...YESTERDAY'S POST...I had eight giant boxes to move to the backyard...
|Raised bed boxes built and ready to go|
They were all stacked up neatly on the porch. Each one weighs about 100 pounds (a checked the weight of one 8' long board and it takes two to make one box). One at a time, I rolled them, like giant square tires, along the porch to the stairs...
And then I tipped it over and let gravity slide it down the stairs on it's side to the waiting cart...
|Moving raised bed boxes|
Once at the bottom of the stairs, I pushed my Rubbermaid cart next to each one and then tipped it over onto the top of the cart. Then I just had to grab the cart handles and push it around to the back..
Then I put them in the general area where they would end up but I still had to figure out how to properly measure and space them. I knew that if I got it wrong, when I see them on Google satellite view they'd be crooked and it would drive me crazy, ha!
Because a tape measure was too difficult when dealing with such wide spaces, I came up with this idea. We had unused landscape timbers laying around. I measured and they were exactly 8' long. Using the piers on the house as a starting point/guide, I put two timbers end to end plus one that was cut to 2' long. That made them 18' from the house to the edge of the bed and with the 2' to the center where the tree will be planted, that puts the tree trunks 20' from the house.
I did the same thing to space between the beds. It still required a LOT of moving around...a foot here, turning at a slight angle there, going back and standing far away and looking at it and going back and making more adjustments.
|Raised beds for fruit trees|
But after a few hours, here they are! They are all in place. I hope when I see them on Google Earth in a year or so, they are perfectly lined up, ha!
You can see in the photos that they all have cardboard under them and the one on the left in the foreground has soil in it. More on that in an upcoming post. It will take a few trips to get all the soil in and then I'll plant the trees at the end of the month.