My garden is on a slope. At some point (as in when-I-have-the-money!) - I'd like to install a drip irrigation system. I felt such a system would work better if the raised beds were as level as possible.
This spring I've changed the size of my raised beds from 48" to 36". One side of each bed has 6" boards the other 10" boards.
Honeybee, that's EXACTLY what we are going to have to do. We are going to be terracing because our yard is mostly on a hillside. My husband was the gardener and didn't have a whole lot of luck (he's not much more experienced than me!). We have several black walnut trees nearby plus clay soil. We figured raised beds was the only way we're going to be successful, but they need to be on the sloping part of the lawn. Yours look good! I'm showing my husband your picture!
You have to check out the article on terracing your beds. Its either in Mother Earth News or Organic Gardening. I can't remember which. I have to close down now for the Sabbath, but as soon as I can on Sunday I'll get you the link. Its absolutely beautiful.
I found the article, its in Urban Farmer "A Garden for Every Plot
Think your yard is too steep for a garden? Think again—and build this tiered garden to make the most of your lot.
by Laura Hill" Its this latest issue.