But then something happened.
After a month, the legs on one side slipped inwards and unceremoniously dumped my beautiful garden and its plants onto the ground, crushing some of my purple beans and all of the herbs on the downward side.
Pretty dramatic, right? I could make it even more dramatic. Like this:
It’s like a motivational poster.
Basically, it seems the bolted-leg tripod approach wasn’t quite stable enough. After an hour’s work, I was able to save the plants on the top side, plus remove the dirt (it was way too heavy to lift back up and prop) and set up the worm bin tower garden on my back plaza where the legs will be more stable. I also tucked two cinder blocks beneath it for extra stability, then reloaded the dirt and worms. Now it doesn’t shake at all and really seems to be tough.
Digging through the dirt in the center of the fallen garden did show me one thing I hadn’t known about before the fall: the worms were very, very happy and had been making lots of babies.
I’m going to replant this barrel garden when I get a chance and give this thing a better test. I think the design is generally sound and with a little tweaking of its stability will turn out well in the end.
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