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DIY Raised Bed Planter
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Hi,Greatinstructions, am just getting into home veg and herb growing, so this is quitenice. One question: do you have a version of this which uses wood from shippingpallets? got a few of them lying around, so would prefer to recycle theminstead of going for new wood. My main doubt is making the legs using thepallet wood. I live in the tropics so a raised platform is a must, as at groundlevel you simply cannot avoid leaf-cutter ants and other assorted pests withoutresorting to pesticides, which I don’t want to use. I have lost entire crops ofginger, spring onions and other assorted edibles to those pesky ants, so I planon putting barriers on the legs to keep them from climbing. I also have a badback, so a good height will certainly help!
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I see you have some experience with raised beds. I have not experienced the sag that you were referring to with the hardware cloth. The boards places beneath them have kept this from happening. Also, I used landscape fabric on top of the hardware cloth and have not lost any soil. The water is draining sufficiently through this fabric too.
It's a nice looking bed, but I see several design problems with it that the beginner gardener will not realize until it's too late.First, the wire mess will sag under the weight of wet soil.Second, water will drain through the bottom when plants are watered, taking with it soil and nutrients.Third, even if the bottom were made of side by side boards, water would still drain making it quite a challenge to keep the soil moist.One easy fix and something I have done with an elevated bed similar to this one is to use a pond liner or 6 mm black plastic and put a small drain hole on the bed. Keeping shallow, elevated beds moist is a challenge, the liner will not cause water accumulation and root rot. Exces water simply evaporates out the top or is absorbed by the roots.
When the soil is added, the weight will push out on the boards. This will cause the nails to back out. I would at least use screws as the thread will keep them from backing out. I used lag screws and they worked great.
This was so fun to make!
I just made two of these for my mother-in-law. I made them 42" tall so that she wouldn't have to bend over to work in them. I also used lag screws instead of bolts with inserts. They worked great when I pre-drilled the holes.
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I'm new to this stuff... This may be a stupid question, but why are screws used instead of nails? Could I use nails if that is already what I have on hand? It looks like the hex bolts make everything more sturdy.
Could you paint the planter? Would that be a problem?
can they be removed easy and with out damaging the painted drywall?
Hey, thanks for the plans. I'm making this raised bed for my mother. Got all the parts today, but I'm confused why it does not call for 5 inch ( or so ) hex bolts to get through the 4 x 4. I suspect I'm missing something. Can you clarify? Thanks! Sutton
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