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Today, I finally got all 4 of my raised bed gardens boxes filled to the top with a rich top layer of soil for the top 6 inches. I bought Magic Forest and Harvest Supreme compost from the local AP Nursery. One of the boxes will be dedicated to growing herbs and I already bought a Stevia plant for the first herb. The other three will grow veggies of various colors, shapes, sizes, and tastes. I built these back in 2011 and just never had the money to fill them up to the top. Built at full size they stand at 4 feet. The bottoms are buried a bit into the ground as can be seen from the earlier photos from 2011 below.

I started by digging out a 12’x12′ area in my backyard. I could have dug four individual 4’x4′ boxes, but only having 2 feet of space between them, I decided to just dig the whole area up as seen above.

After digging about 1′ 6″, I dug post holes and started to measure the sides with red wood. I decided to bury the bottom boards underground. This would be my first box.

Here is an inside look of the first box build completed. From the top board to the bottom all the soil will be somewhat loose.

While digging I found a few remains of the old sprinkler system in the backyard. I also had to widen the hole a bit so I can screw in the bottom two boards.

After working most the day, I finally completed the first garden box, minus the top board, which I had to cut at angles so they would all join and fit together.

Eventually, I got all four boxes built and placed into the ground. From there I started filling back in the space in between them with dirt. Here all the boxes have tops for leaning on and setting stuff on while working in the raised gardens. For winter, I plan to get some thin bendable PVC pipes and cross two in each box, then draping a clear plastic tarp over them to make 4 mini-greenhouses, using the small gap from the top board of the boxes and the tops ledges as a way to water the plants and allow airflow.

Even though they’re not as level as they should be, I placed 1 sq ft stone tiles to make this patterned walkway between the boxes.

After a few years of slowly adding various composts and to these boxes, I decided to add a layer of hard Arizona clay soil to them to make up for dirt I could not afford as compost. Then as shown at the top image, I topped each of the boxes off with rich nutrient compost for the last 6 inches of soil.


Towards the end of 2010, I was wondering what I should focus on in 2011. I remembered the old saying from art school that the more you practice at drawing and art the better you become. So for 2011, I decided to start a personal project I call, “Drawing A Day“. Starting today January 1st, 2011, I will try to draw something each of the 365 days of the year. On 12/31/2011 if I haven’t missed any days, I should have a portfolio of 365 drawings. The rules I have given myself at quite simple:

  1. The artwork must be original in the sense that I drew it or took the picture. No traces, copies, and using other people’s work.
  2. Drawings can be hand drawn, colored, black & white, digital, or photo manipulation (as long as I took the photo).
  3. There is no limit to style or subject matter. (Personally, I will try to keep it Sci-Fi or Fantasy.)
  4. I must try to scan and post the picture the day it is drawn if possible. If I’m sick or have to travel I suspect this may not always be the case, but if I can I should make every effort to update my blog each day with a new drawing.
  5. Finally, the main rule is: Create a new work of art for each day of 2011.

For Day 1, I have just completed my first hand drawing of a Wizard. I wanted to do something old school so I just used a #2 pencil and colored the image with colored pencils. Something I’ve not done much in past.

Day 1 Drawing

So far I’m off to a good start as I have my first drawing. I drew a cartoon looking wizard as my first image and have him thinking about what is to come of this. 364 more drawing to go before I am complete. In the middle of all this I will also be writing a feature length screenplay, working out weekly and doing a lifestyle change to eat better. As well as, building a Chicken Coop and getting more Organic Backyard Gardening projects done. I’m setting to order everything for this year so that I at least have a game plan. At the end of 2010, I took a trip to visit family all over Texas and got to play a LARE (Live Action Role-playing Entertainment) game that I’ve been wanting to do for 5 years now called “MagiQuest“. I took a few pictures and will be posting a blog solely dedicated to my first experience playing the game in Grapevine, Texas. Keep checking back each day this year for a new pic each day. Most new updates will be posted towards the end of the day or whenever I’ve completed a new drawing.

All the images for this project can be found in the Drawing A Day 2011 Gallery from the link at the sidebar.