Veggie Garden: raised beds

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Gardening
Type Plant or Flower
Style Outdoorsy on

What materials did you use? 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 on

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. on

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. on

Think it would make for easier care-taking and therefore for more healthy plants. Harvesting would be easier also I believe. Good way to go!

01/22/2015 Flag

We have several styles of raised beds in our garden. We have 2 that are like yours, made out of wood, 3 made out of cinder blocks, which are very easy to put together, but a little more expensive and three made out of old tractor tires that were free to us. We love raised bed gardening!

01/23/2015 Flag

cedar might be better, don't used pressure treated it you're going to grow edibles-chemicals can leach into food. don't make them too wide, make sure you can reach to the middle. Heavy layer of newspaper on the bottom will help keep grass out. Beth

01/25/2015 Flag

Keep me in tomatoes you raise from these boxes all summer. My mouth is watering!!! Jean K.

03/22/2015 Flag

Looks wonderful and great for me. It is getting a little difficult to bend over.

03/25/2015 Flag