Veggie Garden: raised beds

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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

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

03/25/2015 Flag

I have a couple of old refrigerators that we took the doors off of and lay on their backs. We then put some large rocks in the bottom, lots of dead leaves, manure and then dirt. We also attached a pvc pipe inside to put water in which runs into the bottom and waters from the roots up. I got the idea from some friends who have 20 of these going on their property. They lay glass over them in the winter and VOILA instant greenhouse for spinach, lettuce, radishes etc. No bending over and keeps garbage out of landfills!! We love ours and our vegetables thrive in them.

06/03/2015 Flag

I would really like to build two boxes like yours, instead of having so much grass to cut ... sometimes twice a week in the summer! Would I need to dig up all the grass before the box and dirt go on OR can I just construct on top of the grass please?

06/04/2015 Flag

We built bed similar to this in an area that was all ferns, weeds and rock. We laid large pieces of cardboard and layers of newspaper in the bottom, add 24 inches of dirt and the grass in the yard and the weeds in mine don't have a chance. We laid landscape fabric on the ground around them and laid cedar chips so the neighboring "natural landscape " wouldn't take over, so far so good!

06/19/2015 Flag

Love the idea of a bench in the middle, so peaceful to look at all that food just growing and being happy. This is the first Summer in our new home and we had a fence built so were unsure how this would alter the 'sunny spots'. We'll do permanent raised beds next Summer, this year I am using about half a dozen 5 gallon buckets, growing zucchini, tomatoes and cucumbers. Kinda unattractive but for less than $20 bucks I can have a temporary garden.

06/18/2015 Flag

Thanks for your reply CharOrt very helpful!

06/26/2015 Flag