We made a decision this year that all of our old wooden frame raised beds just had to go, they needed to be replaced with something that will hold up better over time, and will look decent in the yard. We’ve also had an issue, as of late, with our neighbor’s dogs trying to dig under the adjoining fence. We’ve literally solved both dilemmas with a “two birds, one stone” scenario. We’re lining our fence row with cinder blocks, which will become the new garden beds in this area.
Cinder blocks aren’t particularly pretty, so over time we’ll make improvements to them by covering them with stone facing. We’re keeping the individual holes along the back row, as they make really great individual planting spots for smaller veggies that like shade (lettuces, spinach, kohlrabi, etc.) The front set of holes will be covered up with flat stone to work as a place to sit or lean while gardening, and give it a more refined look.
We’ll continue these beds down the fence, and then along the front of our working small orchard. It’s going to take some time to get it exactly how we want it, but I think it will be beautiful once completed.