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14.02.2015
Last week we shared the Raised Garden Bed Cover with you, and didn’t want the time to slip away before we shared how to make the Raised Garden Bed.
We are Hoosiers too that now live in suburbia and put in a raised garden (square foot garden) last year. With Instructables you can share what you make with the world, and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts. There have also been studies that show that wood pallets carry 15% less bacteria than plastic pallets. You can build this 4x8 raised bed with basic carpentry skills (see the instructions on page two, at the end of this article). Raised beds solved many of the garden problems that faced me 20 years ago in our new southern California home.
Redwood is the material of choice for West Coast gardens, and once you have your materials together, the beds take only about half an hour to build. Now that redwood has gotten fairly expensive, many clients ask about using less expensive pressure-treated wood.
This approach alleviates any worries about the type of wood you use and makes it possible to use whatever is available because it does not come in contact with the soil. The raised beds above hold 1.18 yards (32 cubic feet) of dirt if you leave a 3 inch gap at the top of the boards.
Id sure love to see how you used the bricks as Ive just been offered a truckload of used bricks if I want them. Descolian writes: I used old railway sleepers for the construction of our garden beds, but after five years, some of the old hardwood rotted and allowed couch and Kikuyu grass to penetrate.


DirtyJohn writes: I've built 6 4x8 redwood raised beds, 20" tall with bench seat to be easy on knees and back.
Every time I open a plant catalog or see a television commercial for sale-priced $99 raised bed gardening kits, I cringe! You will be planting seeds and transplants close, because the beds are smaller and the soil is richer. I too live in suburbia and the only way to improve my soil conditions is to raise the garden on up.
Construction-grade redwood, which contains knots and some imperfections, seemed like a logical choice, since we knew it would last many years and would cost less than $100 to build the eight beds. The client specified 12" deep beds, but I suggested at least 18" (given what they wanted to plant) given the nature of their native soil. Having explored various other construction material options, from both a labour & cost perspective (with serious emphasis on bed depth), I chose to buy 8 of these kits to create two 4X12X1" (thick) X 18" deep beds. But, plants grown close together in raised beds mature faster, because they compete for nutrients and sunlight. I’m really excited to see how things turnout, but if all goes according to plan I was able to fit about 20% more veggies in the space thanks to prior planning. I found the raised bed solution to be a great success, and only now am I having that first set replaced with new ones. It has been 20 years since we built the beds, and we are beginning to see signs of wear that indicate we need to begin rebuilding. It keeps the beds from rotting for a LONG time (more than 20 years in my case) and helps keep the soil from drying out.


After I situate the boxes (four or five grouped together makes a good sized garden), I put down three layers of newspaper to suppress errant weed or grass seeds that might sprout. Beds of 13 feet or longer by 4 feet wide are cheaper to build using blocks than with cedar boards. Several university studies have proven this competition syndrome by identifying how plants perceive others nearby using the green light spectrum. We had enough produce that I was able to make (can) enough spaghetti sauce, salsa, and tomato sauce to last until this year’s harvest!
Raised beds allowed us to set up an irrigation system that included a hose bib in each box. For some beds, I have devised a system of hoops, using PVC irrigation pipe, over which to drape bird netting or row cover to keep cabbage loopers out. We’ll also be able to extend our growing season, soil tends to warm up faster in raised beds and we can speed the process along by using the bed cover.
On a granite ledge with no soil in New Hampshire, my husband had built a raised bed where I grew a small salad garden. Because the vegetable garden is the primary view from our kitchen, it has been an added pleasure to look out on the raised beds with their profusion of vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers spilling over the edges.



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