More pictures of the front garden. The board beds were made in 2000, the pole beds in 2002 and the log beds in 2006. The problem with raised beds is that they need to be refilled each year due to snow pack, decay and plant consumption. If they are deep and not refilled, young plants struggle to get enough light. The log beds need to be filled each year as well, but young plants do better earlier and there is a great place to sit and work on the bed. The board beds are decaying and the nails aren't holding. On the pole beds my husband, yes he does all the work around here, used screws and a battery screwdriver, they are holding better and went up quicker and individual boards can be replaced as necessary. He joined the poles together with metal strapping and screws. Very fast installation, very inexpensive since we used down trees. Don't use cedar trees or birch, cedar isn't good for plants and birch rots toooo fast.