Where on earth did the day go?! I've got to pick my daughter and her friend up from camp shortly, then supervise a play date, make dinner and lifeguard so I've got to be quick here. There is yet more algae in the pool. I don't know how or why and I don't really care; I just want to know how to get it gone for good. I vacuumed, backwashed (this may have been the problem, the filter was FILTHY), rinsed and cleared out the pump filter basket. Inside was this....
While I was outside I had a look at the part of the garden I have slotted aside for a vegetable patch. This lead to me measuring the area and conducting an online search regarding raised bed planters. I think I've found a solution to not only the expense of installing them, but also what to do with the patio stones I want to get rid of. That solution may be a kit from Lee Valley Tools that uses regular 24"x24" patio stones to build raised beds (my useable, aka newest looking ones, are 24"x30" I hope those can work too). Should come in around $200 for the kits and the lumber, the patio stones would be free and I would be cutting down on the cost of having them hauled away. Plus, I'd be recycling and cutting down on new materials I'd have to purchase. Only drawback is that they're fairly ugly looking. However, if I know me I think it's probably just an excuse to expand upon an already great idea and find a way to beautify them. I think it could be brilliant but more planning and configuring and costing is needed.
Lee Valley Raised Bed Kit (click here for more info)
I'll get back to that at some point but right now I've got to prepare for company. It better not rain as those girls need to swim and stay out of the house as much as possible. The entire upstairs, including my daughters room is a construction zone/storage pit so the only place left to play is outside or in the tiny living room. Which one would you rather use?