InstructionsBecause we have clay plus rocks soil, we decided to build raised beds for our veggie garden. My husband goes to the local hardware store and has them cut 2x8 boards, not treated wood, into 4 and 8 ft lengths, 4 each for each bed. The final bed height is 16 inches. He buys right angle brackets, 16 for each bed, plus straight joiners, 8 for each bed. The right angle brackets are used in the ...
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Category: Home & Garden
Type of item: Plant or Flower
boards: 2x8 cut to 8 and 4 ft; 4 each of 4 and 8 ft lengths for each bed; right angle brackets and screw hardware; composted leaves, composted manure; battery powered screw driver; sealant for the wood
What was your inspiration?
I took the course by Doug Jimerson and realized that we needed a lot more raised beds! The course gave me confidence to try other vegetables, like potatoes, asparagus, and others, and we needed more beds. Last year we built 4 4x8ft beds, using a special bracket that I found on the internet. Unfortunately, the brackets really work well only on VERY level ground. Our beds made with these brackets are sorta lopsided. So my husband decided there had to be an easier way. This method makes a terrifically stable raised bed for sloping and uneven ground. The first two beds he made this spring we joined end to end, making a bed 4x16 ft. In one of the beds I planted asparagus, onions, and climbing beans. In the other, I planted potatoes, onions, and climbing beans. I am shocked by how well the plants are growing!
What are you most proud of?
I am really proud and pleased that my husband, who is self-admittedly not a handy-man, came up with his own design that used exactly the skills he has (how to get boards cut at the hardware store, use a battery-powered screwdriver, and dump and mix dirt) to make a wonderfully stable and terrific raised bed for vegetable gardening.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Once the dirt is in the bed, it's not moving, so decide where your sunniest location is, convenient to a water source, and lay out multiple beds with at least 4 ft between for ease of use. We are building 2 beds at a time, laying out in a large square so we'll have room in the middle to move around and place tall planters for flowers. to do this, place 2 beds end to end, making a large bed that is 4x16 ft, place 2 beds at right angles, 4 ft away from the 1st long bed, lined up with the ends so there is 8 ft between these 2 beds, then 4 ft away from these beds, repeat the 4x16 ft arrangement. Now there is a mini piazza in the middle, for a bench or tall flower planters.