I came home from Lowes last Saturday morning to find Troy and Jack in Superman costumes. For the record, it wasn't known to me that my husband of almost eight years owned said Superman costume. I immediately directed them outside to the front yard with camera in hand, and demanded they build my raspberry supports. Right then and there. In costume. I'm nice like that.
Two 2x4x8s (weather treated, or painted)
One untreated 2x4x8
8 eyebolt thingys (Troy assures me those are real words)
2 bags of pea gravel
Saw of some kind
Saw the untreated 2x4x8 into four pieces. Two of the pieces should be longer than the other two.
At the top of one of the treated 2x4x8, hammer two nails to connect one of the larger untreated pieces on to the top of the treated piece. Add the shorter untreated piece about 2-3 feet below that. Repeat for both treated 2x4x8s.
Preparing the site for installation
Using a post hold digger thing, dig a deep hole. At least 18-24 inches deep if possible.
|Such a terrible picture!|
Total cost for this project - $43.40 (that includes 4 bags of compost even though I only used 1 in this bed). I tried for months on get free lumber on Freecycle, but I couldn't find a darn tootin thing that was being given away. The raspberry bushes were free from my aunt and uncle from thinning their current patch. The cost of organic raspberries at the market? At least $4 per pint. So assuming we can get 11 pints out of this in the next 1-2 years, our break even point will be under 24 months.
Shared at: It's a Keeper Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, and Frugal Fridays.