On the west side of my house I have just scorched grass growing in the summer except for the grapes I planted last spring. I had some things growing way out of Zone 1 and my wife said she wouldnt help me keep it watered unless I moved it closer. So this area isnt doing anything and for my fall winter project I am installing four raised beds that are 3ft X 16ft long. At our local hardware supply they sale treated corral boards which are true 1″ X 6″ X 16ft. I used them for the walls of my raised bed. I bought treated 2″ X 2″ X 42″ balsters for the stakes to hold them in position. I used exterior wood screws to fasten them into position.
The soil is clay that was dug out of the ground to build my house pad. It isn’t that great for growing things except Bahia grass. I will build the soil with organic material over the winter and hopefully will get decent production out of the beds next spring. Updates coming soon.