On April 4th, I wrote about Jim making a raised bed in the garden by stacking up straw bales (You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks). The picture below shows the straw bales lined up and ready for the next step, topping off with compost or topsoil.
These new pics show that Jim made a wooden frame to hold the compost/top soil. As you can see, the plants are doing very well.
I like raised beds like this and wish that Jim would do more of them in the garden. Raised beds are a more efficient use of space and are easier to maintain and harvest. A LOT less back-breaking, believe me! But, old habits die hard, and for the most part Jim has the garden in old-fashioned rows that will eventually be taken over by weeds. :(
Who knows? Maybe Jim will like the raised beds so much that next year he'll make more of them. There's always hope eh?