As you know, we like to take old things and make them look new. We also like to re-purpose things when possible. And a while back, we were able to finally replace an ancient (pre-Pueblo) bookcase I got in an office garage sale with a real piece of furniture. The question was, what do to with the old bookcase, which we really didn’t need as an actual bookcase anymore. Daughter didn’t want it, it wouldn’t fit in the basement, so out to the garage it went, awaiting some form of new life when the inspiration hit.
For reference purposes, here is the bookcase:
Today was a brilliant day weather wise, warm, sunny and holding the promise of spring, even if it’s nearly 8 weeks too early. G of course was antsy to do something, having sworn off Farmville forever (yes, it’s true). So, she pulled out the compost and tilled it into one garden, hacked away at a stump of a tree we had to have removed recently and then, the bookcase came into her sights. A few swipes with the saw, a couple of free 4 x 4’s trimmed to the right length and some wheels from a local hardware store that she bought a while back, and voila–a raised bed for the patio. Lettuce and chard, here we come!
I’ll put down a good layer of shredded junk mail, then cover with a good layer of topsoil mixed with our compost. That’ll keep the weight down. I expect this baby will be full of growing goodies all this coming year and maybe for the following couple, too. We may just roll it into the greenhouse and see if we can keep up with the cold weather stuff year round. Who knows?
All from an ancient, $5.00 bookcase bought over 20 years ago. Not bad, not bad at all!