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Raised Garden Beds!

March 10, 2011 |
posted by ferbit
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Raised Garden Beds!
Raised Garden Beds!
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Yay! Here are my raised beds, motivated by Ana White's post. :) I decided to use 2x lumber rather than 1x lumber because I plan to add benches on the ends of each bed. I just love how these turned out! I used Hemlock rather than cedar because it was a THIRD less expensive. Orange told me hemlock would last roughly 5-6 years whereas cedar would last 7-9 year. I staggered the sizes too - first bed (with the strawberries) is 4' x 10', second is 4' x 8' and the third (with the stakes) is 4' x 6'. Hubby hauled in a bunch of pea gravel to surround the beds while the girls and I added rocks from around our yard to the perimeter. :)

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Hemlock
Finish Used: 
None!
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Love it!

I am saving this idea. I don't always like the way gravel looks around beds but I really like yours. And I have been trying to think of a way to arrange different sized beds and never thought of doing it this way.

Whitney
www.whitneysworkshop.com

posted by whitney_smith | on Fri, 2011-03-11 13:12
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Thank you!

Thank you!!! I love the way it turned out too!

My only suggestion would be to lay down wire mesh before adding your soil... If you have moles, they'll LOVE your garden beds... The wire mesh would have kept them out. They ate some of my carrots last year and destroyed the roots of quite a few of my pea plants!


posted by ferbit | on Sun, 2011-07-17 23:31

How cute!

I love how these beds look... especially with the pea gravel!  I would have never thought to do that!  Makes it less likely to have grass and weeds come up.  I'm definitely going to give this a try this summer.  Do you have any issues with rabbits? Cause we have a nervy one that pretty much sets up camp in our backyard each summer. 

posted by Kathy C. (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-03-15 13:30

I LOVE these!

I love these and I really want to make them. This is my very first year having a garden and have decided I want raised beds. Money is a significant factor, so I'm looking to build them on the cheap. I've also never built anything, EVER. The only things I've never made are messes and babies. ;-)

Could you give some more details for a total newbie like me?

What size boards did you buy?

Ana's plans call for a table and circular saw. Did you use these? (I presently have no saw, need to get one I guess)

Any extra details you could give would be awesome.

Your garden looks so pretty. If my looks 1/2 as good, I'll be happy.

posted by Sativa (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-03-18 21:37

The beauty of buying your

The beauty of buying your lumber is that you can have each piece cut to your specifications before you leave the lumberyard. Then you only have to assemble your raised bed when you get home, fill it & plant away! If you are using scavenged lumber like I am, you are going to have to have access to a saw unless you are very lucky & find the sizes of lumber you need! LOL

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-03-21 11:00
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Thank you!

Honestly, these weren't a ton of work.  I had Home Depot cut all of the boards for me, so when I got home, all I needed to do was predrill the holes and screw them together!  That's seriously it!

I staggered the sizes of the beds - first bed (with the strawberries) is 4' x
10', second is 4' x 8' and the third (with the stakes) is 4' x 6'.  :)


posted by ferbit | on Sat, 2011-03-19 10:27
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I'm having problems telling

I'm having problems telling from this picture, are the sides one board or two boards high? 

Would love to see updates if you put benches on! ;-)
DH and I are totally making these. I'm so excited for my first adventure in gardening!
p.s. I'm "Sativa" from above. I finally got around to creating an account.

posted by tivaclare | on Sat, 2011-03-19 20:22
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They are...

One board high.  I've been way too lazy to add benches yet!  I definitely want to in the future, just haven't had time.  And the ground isn't level there AT ALL, so I'm not sure how to add benches without the feeling of leaning sideways!  LOL  Hoping to get that project sometime this summer.  I'll be sure to post updates if/when I do.  :)


posted by ferbit | on Sat, 2011-03-19 20:53

I love these! - What size boards?

I absolutely love these! I can't tell what size boards you used, 2x4 or 2x6? I searched on Homedepot's website and only found 2 x 4 hem studs. Your garden bed looks taller than 2 x 4s... thanks!

posted by Wei (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-03-31 20:20

I was wondering how much did

I was wondering how much did it cost you to fill each bed with dirt?

posted by Cindy (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-04-08 06:56
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Cost to fill

I honestly don't remember how much that cost.  We had some already, but the rest we got at a local nursery.  I put a tarp into the back of my minivan and we just drove loads back and forth - so we didn't have to pay for individual bags of soil or a delivery fee.  It worked out really well.  :)


posted by ferbit | on Sun, 2011-07-17 23:36
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Height of the boards

They are 2x10 boards.  Just ask the guys who work there to show you where they are.  :)


posted by ferbit | on Fri, 2011-04-08 10:27

cedar raised garden beds

Don't intend to make you feel bad BUT you'll never get plants to grow if your beds contain DIRT. I'm a beginning gardener and have built my own raised beds, too. I like yours. But you loaded them up with SOIL not dirt. Dirt has no nutrients and will do a good job of sitting there but won't grow a thing! :^) I'm a life science teacher and each year take 6th graders to an overnight environmental education camp that they talk about until they graduate from high school. Their parents sometimes sport bumper stickers that say, "My Kid Knows the Difference Between Soil and Dirt" (Multnomah County Outdoor School). Just sayin'!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-07-17 21:56
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dirt

Ummm...maybe my eyes are deceiving me, but aren't those really healthy, thriving plants in ferbits brag post pics? In the eventuality that your dirt does become nutrient deficient, (doesn't seem to be the case with your beds) all is not lost ferbit my friend! Just work in some nice organic compost and you will be good to go!

posted by Heather McKenzie | on Sun, 2011-07-31 11:25
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Soil Snob?

Dirt is Dirt, whether it's soiled or not, it's all dirt. That just seems like an awfully picky post. :)

Well anyway, the beds look good! I like the gravel. Did you put down landscaping cloth or something to help keep weeds from coming up through it?

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posted by Mr Woodworking | on Mon, 2011-07-18 12:20

raised gardens

I love these ideas especially using pebbles or rocks so that your feet won't get muddy when it rains. I need some help and ideas regarding our bad grasshopper problem in Texas and squash bugs. I know either you or someone can come up with a way to cover the raised garden beds. Maybe with screen material, but I have not clue how to make covers but with your help I know you will. I know wood would rot or attract termites, but using another material how would one cover it with screen. Ana help me here in Texas, I love your website!!! Keep the ideas coming.

posted by Joyce Snell (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-11-22 18:15
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Screen material to protect beds...

I actually added screen material to my beds this year. I was tired of the rabbits getting into the garden. :) Worked pretty well!


posted by ferbit | on Tue, 2011-11-22 19:43

raised garden

what would u suggest putting on top of the raised beds for the intense heat and the birds here in okla. Would u place poles in each corner and tie material on top, would cheesecloth work. Also, would u plant okra in raised bed and how many pods need to plant for a family of 4. If i have a raised bed built 4 feet wide and 20 feet long, if i plant tomoatoes, okra, yellow squash and zunnchi, green beans, cukes, onions, how many tomato plants would i be able to plant and all the other itmes, also what brand names are good, i am a beginner as u can tell. also, have u planted using tires, what about using tire to plant watermelon. i read somewhere u need to use loam for soisl. thank u. carolyn

posted by carolyn adams (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-01-28 21:08

Wow! You are an inspiration

Wow! You are an inspiration for me! Kudos to you and your magnificent garden!

posted by Papade (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-02-03 23:24

How do you decide what plants

How do you decide what plants to put next to each other? My tomatoes last year overtook all the other plants around them (even though I left plenty of space).

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-03-08 02:55
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Tomatoes always go crazy...

I leave lots of room for them and let them get huge. I usually plant quicker growing plants around them so I can use the space before the tomatoes explode. Lettuce is great for this! By the time the tomatoes are starting to get huge, it's too warm to plant more lettuce, so the space isn't wasted anymore.

Gardeners.com has a great "Plan your own Garden tool" on their website to get you started.  Hope that helps!!


posted by ferbit | on Thu, 2012-03-08 09:05

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