I am the only one who eats the tomatoes. My kids used to wander the garden eating them like apples. Now, the girl kid will slice them in a sandwich, or add them to her salad, but the boy kid doesn't like them anymore at all. Boy, what he is missing! Nothing beats a warm tomato right off the bush!
Cinder Blocks: The greatest thing in gardening I have ever found. Let me explain. My large garden area is clay. Sit-under-the-water-for-a-week-after-a-rain clay. Dig-a-test-hole-and-the-water-never-drains clay. Some kind of clay that has an Irish sounding name. Does that make any sense? So, raised beds it has to be. Which are exorbitantly priced if you buy them from wood. I do not have the tools or know-how to do it myself, although I am thinking of getting two boards of cedar, screws, and 4 fasteners at Lowe's and asking them to cut the boards in half. I think I can manage to screw them together, if only in a
4 x 4 square. But, for now, I have enough raised beds thanks to cinder blocks. And the cedar one I broke down and purchased from a local builder, but more about that another time.