Some friends of ours had some composite boards after they redid their front porch. They gave them to us and we made a raised bed for outside the kitchen. Last year I used straw bales in this bed. That worked ok, until August when everything decomposed pretty much within a week.
I’m excited to see how this bed produces for us.
Last year I planted a handful of small Ozark Beauty strawberry plants in the 4×4 bed off the patio. They are perennial and ever bearing. With the mild winter, these things kept growing and jumped the bed! I had them overflowing and growing in the grass. My son dug them up for me and I gave them away to friends and folks on a local plant swap group. I’m still finding baby plants…the runners on these things are crazy!
Theoretically, year 2 should yield crazy amounts of berries. The runners were all year 1 but the ones in the bed are all year 2…I can’t wait!!
Then, some updates on the rest of the garden. I found a volunteer mint of some sort, I think it was spearmint. The chives are going on year 3 and doing amazing in the front R bed. The oregano is still going strong in the center bed and the kitchen sage is doing great in the rear L bed. There is a lot of bermuda and weed activity in all the beds – fun times.