Construction Begins at Winking Beagle Gardens…

The Raised Garden Beds were finally going to happen! About three years ago, I attended a workshop hosted by Rural Routes Magazine & Heritage Farms Nursery and became a believer in Heritage Seeds and Raised Beds. I just didn’t have any raised beds. After a long winter, the prospect of spring and growing season was starting to finally feel real. A few tulips were pushing their timid heads up in the flower bed, and  my mind was wandering to seed trays, bedding outs and vegetables. This year I haven’t started any seeds indoors, but have a great collection of Heritage Seeds and will be direct sowing a variety of them to see what happens…

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This week was definitely one of those “long/short” ones. Friday night came and a flurry of texts regarding the building project ensued. Weather forecast calling for thunderstorms and possibly snow – appropriate for May 1st around here.

In my attempts to “control” outcomes I had planned to have all materials and accessories ready to go for Saturday morning. At a glance we must own thousands of different screws and nails – well guess what about 10 of them were 2.5″ screws. Really??? At that realization I became flustered – the thought of driving to town, wasting time etc. was almost too much. ARGH!!

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RC had to go to town anyhow, so he would pick some up. According to him we had at least 2 hours of cutting before assembly could begin in the first place – as for me it took all I had not to cut my nose of to spite my face… No 2.5″ screws? well then this whole project is over – send the lumber back I am done! Where does that type of habitual reaction come from?? I’m going to start following the life lessons of the dogs –

Tina arrived with MORE straw, and I told her about the screws – she said ” oh well let’s get started”, and we did. There was enough prep work – RC went to town and we began measuring and cutting the lumber. Upon his return at least 2 hours later we were ready to start assembly. Of course RC had a few “suggestions” – to which Tina responded – “I manage multi-million dollar projects and seem to do ok – I am sure we’ve got this!” Much laughing ensued, and RC conceded…

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Construction moving along – a few glitches here and there. When we had started bed 3 of 4 – I said to Tina – “We are doing pretty well here”. At that point I mentioned if I had been doing this with RC, there would have already been at least three arguments, some tears (not necessarily mine) and I would have been in the house already doing something else…

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Sore feet, aching backs and screaming muscles, we pulled through and have the beds 98% complete. The final rain/snow storm blew in as we finished up the fourth and final bed – 8 hours into the project. The easy part is almost done! Now, to add the straw and soil… Not to mention figuring WordPress out…


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2 responses to “Construction Begins at Winking Beagle Gardens…

  1. They look amazing! That’s a TON of work for one day! And, Jeff and I have a similar working relationship (and 99.5% of the time, the tears aren’t mine…).

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