Introduction: Raised Vegetable Garden / Raised Beds

About: I am a Marine Engineer in the RNZN (45 years done in various navies) and am looking forward to retirement!!! so I can do more messing about with tools

Not an "ible" per se as I made this a while back and didn't take step photos

But an idea for a raised Vegetable Garden, also included sa a photo of another raised bed I built


6"x2" timber (I used 6m lengths and lots of them


Circular Saw (Skill Saw)

Nails (4")

errmm thats it!

So basically I got my 6m lengths of 6x2 and notched them on both sides at 75mm in from each end and at 2m and 4m

They then should interlock in a noughts and crosses pattern as shown (tic-tac-toe for our American friends), in theory you shouldnt need any nails, but I nailed each joint as I was going for stability

You will need some 3x2 for some of the bottom/top pieces notched on one side only (I ripped a couple of lengths of 6x2 for these---foolishly with a handsaw--won't be doing that again, have now got a tablesaw for that nonsense)

Finally finished the top with 6x2 on its side,lap jointed at the crossovers and corners, to act as a seat /perch, and infilled the gaps with pavers and chip

I lined the inside with plastic (old feed bags) and filled with soil/compost/sand in layers

I have strawberries and asparagus growing (have also had leeks and broccoli at one point) and it all grows like mad with very little watering

The top is weedmatted and mulched with Macadamia nut shells