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- Raised Bed Gardening - low cost, high yield and simply done by Rita Linhart
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- Build Cheap and Productive Raised Garden Beds
The trellises can be attached either to the rear or the sides of the garden bed. This unique, versatile raised bed planter can be assembled in a spiral or hexagonal shape, along with numerous other shapes and heights. You can create high level raised beds so that you do not need to bend down to the ground; great for people with limited back motion or handicapped gardeners.
Are you bending over, weeding, digging over and collecting snails in the evening, but still having to share your harvest with them? For many who have just caught the gardening bug, they end up instead burying all their garden dreams deep into the earth. Commercially available raised beds make a lot of work easier but they cost a fortune. In this book an alternative to the expensive models is presented and clearly describes how you can successfully grow your own vegetables with the least time, energy and money.
Ideal for growing tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans, squash, and flowering vines. Increases air circulation — allowing plants to dry out quicker after watering reducing plat diseases. Provides plants greater access to sunlight, increasing photosynthesis. With 16 square feet of growing space, there's plenty of room for multiple crops, yielding a generous harvest.
She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less. Plus, get more tips on building a raised vegetable garden. Have you built your own raised garden beds, or do you have more questions on how to? Get inspired by Robin Sweetser's backyard gardening tips. She and her partner Tom have a small greenhouse business and also sell plants, cut flowers, and vegetables at their local Farmer's Market. I had a large garden with raised beds.
I lined the paths with large pieces of cardboard, from the recycling dumpster with permission behind the local pool store. And then covered the cardboard with 6 - 8 inches of free wood chips 2 loads, courtesy of the township. The wood chips decomposed in about 2 years, then I shoveled up the lovely "soil" and sifted it through a hardware cloth-lined sifter made from scrap lumber by my husband into a wheelbarrow.
The soil went into my shade garden. The remaining pieces went back into the pathway and were supplemented by more wood chips. If weeds were a problem, I laid down more cardboard, cut to size before adding more wood chips.
Raised Bed Gardening - low cost, high yield and simply done by Rita Linhart
I have many raised beds. I built them myself even though I am not remotely handy. I taught my 7 year old how to build them and he has built two of my beds. That is how easy it is. The following will make exactly 2 raised beds Go to Home Depot and buy 12 cedar fence pickets. I have the Home Depot make my cuts because I don't want to be bothered, but the cuts are easy either way. Cut in half from each end point. Since some of the length will be taken away with each cut Buy a box of outdoor galvanized screws. You will need a total of 24 screws at the most This is assuming you have a power drill and a power screwdriver.
You can of course make these with the old fashioned kind, but sounds tedious to me.
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I use my concrete driveway. Lay one of the uncut fence pickets across the top of the post cuts. You want to make the edge of the picket even with the post end. Each end of the picket where it attaches to the post is a corner of your bed. Attach one picket end to the side of the post with he post still lying on its side. I use 3 screws for this. Attach the other picket end to the other post that you have lying down. Make sure the edge of the picket is flush with the top of the post post still lying on its side.
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After the first picket is attached to the two post cuts on either end everything flush with the top and sides , attach a second picket below the first picket. Push it up to the first picket so that there are no gaps between the pickets. There should be a small bit of post left beneath the two pickets.
This is the bottom of the bed. Having that little lip there helps to hold the bed it place.. Gives it a little traction. I kind of push that bit down in the soil before I fill the bed. The top will be flush and level. From there, repeat this exact process with two more posts and two more pickets. Take cut picket and position it between the two posts to connect the two longer sides. Make the cut picket flush on both side with the post and flush with your flat level driveway or workbench.
Attach the picket to the post on both ends using at least two screws Repeat with a second cut picket just below the first one you just attached. You should have 3 sides of your bed made now Repeat the process on the 4th and final side to close in the bed. The whole thing is upside down. Depending on if you get things on sale or not and depending on if you have screw already or need to purchase new ones The finished beds are 3.
It looks like I can't edit from here, so sorry for the typos above and the finished dimensions are 3'X6'x11": I was wondering about raised veggie beds. Can I build any of these beds on legs? I have 2 replaced knees and have a hard time getting up and down.
I was thinking of putting it up on my deck in the back yard. At my age it is getting difficult to bend over or kneel while tending the standard raised beds. So I bought some used 35 gallon plastic barrels, removed the tops, drilled holes for drainage in the bottoms, painted them brown to help hold in heat, and filled them with layers of garden soil and compost.
Then I planted seeds and transplants for all types of vegetables. The result was a very prolific garden I have 14 barrels now but plan on adding more. Added benefits are very few weeds, which are really easy to remove, less water used, easy rotation gardening, easy to protect plants during cold or windy times, and more fun with much less effort to tend the garden. I even used barrels that previously held RoundUp. I simply called the manufacturer and they explained that if you rinse the barrels well three times in a row there will be no residual material to damage the environment or the plantings.
I have been using this system now for 5 years and have had no bad results.
These have been the best and easiest raised bed style gardens I ever had. If you are concerned about using old RoundUp barrels you can always look for old pickle barrels or such. They are easy to find on Craig's list or local ads. Every year I top the barrels off with compost at seasons end to replace any lost soil that seeps out of the bottom drain holes.
I feel compelled to point out that Bermudagrass and other warm season grasses that spread by runners must be removed before placing a raised bed. Bermudagrass will have no problem reaching through 8 inches or more of soil and you will then have entrenched perennial weeds which you will not be able to dig out. Hi, Great gardening idea! My question is, where does your husband buy the "1x8-inch cedar boards"?
From my experience at Lowe's and Home Depot these are very expensive. If you have found a cheaper source for lumber, my gardening problem would be solved! I built my garden boxes using decking and 2x4s from Lowes. I personally built three 4x12 garden boxes about a month ago, now I'm leveling out my spot for where they will actually go.
Each corner had a 2x4 piece that held the corners together, and the additional two 2x4 bracing in the middle of the 12 foot long length seems to have it pretty solid. I found the 12 foot beds the most economical - a 4x4 bed would need x2 16 foot pieces of decking and 4 feet of a 2x4 to make one, or you could double the same materials to make a 4x I will drill holes in the bottom and low on the sides, fill with rocks, straw, peat, compost and organic raised bed soil mixture.
The deck boxes have covers that I can put down over nite when the plants are small in the spring. Do you see any problems with using plastic in place of wood for raised beds. I will brace the center of each deck box with a stake to stabilize. Unless this bed will be placed on a deck, it would be better to use something that does not have a bottom. The stake system for bracing the sides sounds perfect, no change there. You both are looking good, thanks for sharing such a useful and helpful tips and ideas for Garden Beds.
I will probably go off of the ingredients listed here to put in the bed but I was not sure if it was okay to just put the raised bed on top of leaves if i put newspaper down first? Neighbors cats are digging in soil to poop in beds.
They damage plants when they are young and dig up seeds. Plant the herb rue to repel cats, or sprinkle the dried herb over the garden. There are also commercial cat repellents that you can get at garden centers or online at pet supply stores and gardening supply centers. Make sure that the repellent that you get is safe for any children, plants, pets, or other animals etc.
The repellents vary as to how often you need to apply them. For more ideas, try calling a local veterinarian or animal shelter. I put bird netting over mine, using the PVC T-bars I wire to the berry poles later in the season but tomato cages or stakes would work as well. I haven't seen one in there since I put it up but I have been getting a lot of nasty looks from the cats every time they have to take the long way around. I had thought about putting up a low fence of chicken wire that would be easy to reach over but that may be expensive and a hassle, depending on how much area.
I also thought about using some old woven wire fencing the ones with 2x3 or 2x4 rectangles but my plants were already planted; will definitely give it a try next year for the plants that have their veggies above ground because there is much space for them to dig between the wires. I would like to build mine higher so my elderly mother would not have to bend down. She loves to garden. Just brainstorming, but I think increasing the width of boards or the amount of blocks used for building the sides could easily be increased!
I wouldn't fill the entire bed with the soil mix, I would add scrap wood underneath to kind of "raise" the bottom of the bed up, so less soil is needed. Another idea would be to build a box that could be adjusted to different heights, but a solid bottom raises drainage concerns.
Build your raised bed like normal, except add a bottom. Then plop it on top of straw bales, piled as high as you like them.
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If you do this I would put a pretty dense layer of woody material and a fairly thick layer of clippings, since the dirt will wash down to fill in the holes eventually. I would raise the sides of the beds by making another bottomless bed to put on top, except extend the corner blocks below where it would sit on the ground so it will lock into the layer below. I have also seen various stools and rolling trolleys that can be sat on as well as carrying stuff, so if she can sit and lean over fairly well the beds may not need to be as tall.
This looks just like what I want to have our students build, but I was thinking 4x8 foot gardens. Is there a reason that you do the 4x4 instead? I am also thinking about irrigation. I thought it would be easier to irrigate if it was one longer bed. You can make them whatever size suits you and your needs. And long maybe easier to irrigate; if you are laying hose of any sort, you will not have an interruption.
The longer length is fine; we are only making a suggestion. I don't have soil in my yard space. I built a decorator block 3'x 20' flower bed on cement do I need to use a plastic liner before I put in soil and plants. I'm using perforated pipe and gravel for drainage. This is a generous mix, but too much is better then too little. Use any remainder in a container. As for moles, there are no guarantees, but it is less likely.
I use hardware mesh sometimes called hardware cloth like a rabbit coop is made of. I recently expanded my garden by moving two square beds apart and filling in the middle- after several years of being buried the hardware mesh was like almost new because the air can't get to it, and several mole holes were underneath but they could not get through. I am interested in trying this, but my back yard is concrete!
Is this still do-able? What kind of bottom do you need on a garden box? Unfortunately, Doreen is no longer with us. We will miss her dearly. I made beds out of dog-ear planks for fencing; mine are salvaged but a new fence panel taken apart would work too. I left them dogeared and staggered the holes for additional drainage. A simple google search will yield results on how building raised gardens with concrete blocks can be dangerous. Please do your research. There are some concerns that concrete blocks can leach toxic chemicals into the soil.
Whether they would actually make their way into edible produce growing within the beds in large enough quantities to be dangerous is not categorically proven. I am now a senior and disabled: I miss gardening, gardened for over 30 years. I don't have one of those modern conveniences that you have, called a husband, and I'd have to drag or roll big or heavy items in a wheelbarrow, load after load.
My soil is just caliche and crumbled granite. I gave up three years ago. At first I tried used kiddie pools that had seen their last days anyway, they are shallow enough and I drilled holes for drainage. I thought about just stabbing holes in a sack of soil laying flat on the ground, and planting in the hole. I feel foolish buying tomatoes and summer squash. I organic gardened for at least three decades but my body can't do it any more.
There are no volunteers or free help where I live. In the final two years, I used gallon pots filled with potting soil to grow heirloom tomatoes and herbs, but minerals built up and so on. Then the tomatoes got a blight identified by the County Extension Service as cucumber mosaic virus. They assured me it wasn't spread by insects, and said I didn't need to sterilize.
Build Cheap and Productive Raised Garden Beds
They were wrong, I got it again the second year. All that money, water and labor for nothing. I still have an entire collection of drip irrigation equipment, never used, in cartons in the house. It would have eliminated the effort and time needed to hand-water. That is when I gave up. I am trying to figure out a way to have higher beds so that I can just bend halfway down, and I don't have a ton of money to buy a ton of soil to fill something deep.
The business that composts and delivers composted soil here will only dump the mountain in my driveway, and when I think of shoveling and dragging it, bit by bit, from the driveway to the back yard, I can't do it. I can't jump on shovels any more, either, if it's not loose. My landlord won't let me compost, so all that good stuff just goes in the garbage can.
I was a really knowledgable gardener, and miss the smell of tomato vines on my fingers when I checked for hornworms and their eggs, peeking under squash leaves for beetle eggs, admiring all the heirloom plants I grew. I miss combing through heirloom seed catalogs. I think cinder blocks would be the way for me to go, if I could find someone to transport them home for me. I could lay the top row with the holes sideways every three blocks, so I can sit on the ledge. Getting up and down is getting harder for me.
I don't want to use wood because it would deteriorate over time, and I would prefer material that doesn't require repeated expensive replacement. I envy all of you. You are a wonderful and passionate gardener. We hope that you can find a way to garden again by using raised beds, trellises, window boxes or other containers. Contact your local cooperative extension service to see if they can help you out. Hi are the beds just 8 in. I am building my firt raised bed how deep does a bed need to be ideally to grow all sorts of veggies? Im on a patio. Also because i wont have worms and such will compost be enough to keep my plants happy?
Please let me know. I have spent a months agonizing over the garden. You may find that worms will make their way into your raised beds.
The compost will contain lots of beneficial micro-organisms that will help provide a good growing medium, but mixing compost with garden soil will help to introduce more. Here I was looking at all of the raised bed items available at Home Depot. Then I came upon your site. Such great ideas from so many people. To ask other readers questions about Raised Bed Gardening - low cost, high yield and simply done , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
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