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Picture of Raised garden
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This has been a work in progress, The concrete was the floor of an old warehouse, Large area with lots of old wood and rotted sawdust = raised beds, which cost time but little out of pocket expenses. We built each bed with existing wood, 5 ft wide is just a tad too wide, 4 ft is a tad to narrow, Any length is fine, we have used 4 to 16 ft lengths. Early beds were only 6 inch high but they dried out to fast, So they have been doubled in height. We did purchased some 4 " torque screws. Each bed uses 4 to 6 per corner. Too small of corner pieces allow ends of screws to protrude, but easily break off with pliers. We used to add corner wood pieces to the inside but found that they rotted just to fast, the exterior corner pieces seem to last considerable time. We filled each half full with straight sawdust, raked up maple leaves and mowed grass trimmings. then added screated topsoil with chicken, horse, and cow manure mixed with lots of rotted sawdust, mixed with a chipper shredder. As an added bonus worms moved in to feast on all the maple leaves, We grow Blackberries, raspberry's, potatoes beans garlic, lots of lettuce, chives onions, peas carrots Tomatoes of every kind, Peony's, many Amaryllis in pots that we must take in as they do not winter outside. And lots of miscellaneous flowers, We use no herbicides or pesticides, as bugs are little threat, and weeds well they just are.. Thanks for looking
@creative hacker if u are really worries about wood, then u can get recycled plastics molded to look like timbers. Though using untreated types is cheaper. Plus as it does rot (over a long, time, it will break down and add to the soil, anyhow!
i typically use stones to deal with most of my beds. I like basic bricks or even larger blocks.
Cheers!
Oh, how nice! Do you offer up seeds? I totally need and love non GMO seed! Always willing to share or buy!
All i worry about with making a raised be is how well does the wood hold up and wont it start to rot away ?
bertssat (author)  Creative Hacker10 months ago
The wood I am using is untreated old 2X wood from our old building, I suppose it will rot out over time, but probably because it is above ground it is rotting slower, I started this 15, 20 years ago, but I have had to replace newer 2X6 that were edge to edge to make them deeper, The end pieces are attached by outside risers that rarely contact the dirt helps . I have added couple more beds since originally published and have removed none
Creativeman3 years ago
Very interesting and impressive! Good job!
bertssat (author)  Creativeman3 years ago
Thanks
Due to wireworms in out regular garden.... lots of wire worms.... growing in raised beds have really worked well, and our harvests are a bit earlier than out in the ground, Strawberrys taste just a bit tarter in the raised beds, And since all the dirt is just about compost quality, weeds are ez to pull, the newests beds have lots of weeds since we do not buy sterilized soil. Established beds have fewer weed issues