the roots of a veggie garden

Progress! Our hot dip galvanized steel planter boxes and stair risers were delivered by Rhode Island Welding just a few days ago and our buddies at Savage Trucking helped us set them in place. Here’s all the heavy metal action you missed out on.

Rhode Island Welding drove up with our load of steel…

the boxes arrive

The Savages unloaded everything with their big digger…

boxes come off the truck

Rich helped maneuver the boxes into the driveway…

gratuitous beefcake shot of rich

It required a little layout to make sure everything pieced together correctly. Figuring out which end was “up” was a little challenging…

laying them out in the driveway

Then the boxes were hoisted up to the top of the retaining wall to their new home…

hoisting them up

Each box was constructed to fit the angles of our crazy slope, so they had to be fitted together just right — like the pieces of a puzzle.

setting them in place

Once everything was in place, Smithfield Peat delivered 7 yards of planting soil — 60% compost, 40% screened loam, per my request. Since the backhoe was still there, we were able to avoid lugging the soil up the slope shovel by shovel. You rock, Savages!

adding soil

They’re a little bit taller than I’d pictured, but all in all the new steel boxes look awfully pretty…

boxes from across the stree

And they’ll probably last longer than I will.

ready for planting!

Ready for planting! Our tomatoes will be thrilled.

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5 Responses to “the roots of a veggie garden”

  1. john says:

    “loam”
    How do you pronounce it?
    Lots of Rhode Islanders, including the boys with the big trucks say “l-oo-m” (rhymes with TOMB). I bite my tongue because I know that it should be “l-owe-m” (rhymes with FOAM)
    No matter, just fun

    The final picture of the boxes from the street is amazing. They look great

  2. Brook says:

    “lome”… always lome. unless you’re a local. hey, wait a minute — YOU’RE a local. go figure. i suppose some people might not like the look of galvanized but i do. i think once the gravel and edging are in, espaliers added and the icky pale green paint on the house is replaced with a warm gray stain, the whole thing will pull together nicely. at least, that’s the plan. :)

  3. Brook says:

    “lome”… always lome. unless you’re a local. hey, wait a minute — YOU’RE a local. go figure. thanks for the compliment. there are a few of us who actually like the look of galvanized steel, yay! i think once the gravel and edging are in, espaliers added and the icky pale green paint on the house is replaced with a warm gray stain, the whole thing will pull together nicely. at least, that’s the plan. :)

  4. john says:

    We was raised right in our house.

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