Hello All, I am new here.
My boyfriend and I recently moved into our own home with a nice big backyard (a first for me since living on my own). We want to grow a successful veggie garden via the raised bed method. Today, with the bad north TX weather, I spent the afternoon putting together the raised beds in my garage. Before I drag them out to the back yard, I need some advice on an issue I've stumbled across.
We have some beautiful, old trees in our yard, which unfortunately, are probably going to cover a lot of the yard with shade when their leaves grow back. The only spot in our yard that would get a lot or full sun, is in one corner. Aesthetically, the corner looks like a nice location to start our raised bed endeavors. Unfortunately, in that particular corner, the ground dips down, significantly, and on a day like today with heavy rain, the water run off from the gutters on that side of the house ALL flows down to that corner and the ground is soaked. I'm afraid this is the spot in our yard that will take the longest to "absorb" rain water or dry up, and am afraid it would make for very soggy gardens after a long storm.
My boyfriend suggested placing some bricks (there is a pile leftover from our house) flat in the "dipped down" corner to help even it out some before placing the beds down on top of it and filling with soil. Is this an effective solution? Should we even be trying to even out the landscape in that location? If we used the bricks to level the landscape, would it be okay to plant a raised garden on top of bricks?
Thanks for any advice you can send my way!