I was in a hurry to get the raised garden beds built, filled with dirt, and planted. I got a late start into the planting & growing season, and I wanted to get finished before it was too late. And because of that, I didn’t give the dirt time to settle before planting the garden.
This is what the herb garden looked like the day I planted it (May 30th).
We’ve had a fairly rainy June, so it may have taken longer to settle had that not been the case. But nine days later, look how much the dirt had settled. The herb garden looks really awkward now. 🙁 I didn’t know it would settle down this much.
You can see the frame boards that were supposed to be under the soil. I left the purple ones since they were attached to the garden beds for support and wouldn’t be seen under the soil.
This is the area where the watermelons are planted before the dirt settled.
And this is what it looked like 10 days later.
So, it looks like I’ll have to add several wheelbarrow loads of dirt again next year! If I had finished building them in early May, I would have waited a couple of weeks for the dirt to settle, but that wasn’t an option after we finished building these the last week in May.