Raised Planting Bed

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Project by Andy Panko posted 04-29-2012 11:02 PM 2035 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our backyard is adjacent to a wooded area. There are lots of groundhogs that eat any vegetables we plant. I figured a raised bed might possibly stop them. This is built out of pressure treated lumber, and stained with two coats of an exterior stain. The inside bottom of the whole box is covered with chicken wire, and I’m probably going to run a piece of chicken wire around the top of the unit too (wrapped around the posts, like a fence). The thing is just under 2’ high, and is a 4’ x 3’ footprint. Total cost for all the material, including the four solar light post caps, was about $105. I filled the bottom half of the box with some miscellaneous dirt and previously ripped up sod from around my yard. The top half was filled with about $40 in bagged soil and peat moss. So all in about $150. Not too bad. This particular back corner of our house isn’t used much and it isn’t the prettiest spot (you can see the A/C condenser), but it gets the best light, so presumably the best for vegetables.

The one concern I had was possible leaching of the pressure treated chemicals from the wood into the dirt, and therefore into the plants. But I couldn’t find any articles or info online that would lead me to believe this is a problem in this instance. I wouldn’t want to suck the juice out of a fresh piece of pressure treated lumber. But given the minimal amount of chemicals that might possibly makes its way into the dirt then into the roots and ultimately the vegetables, I’m not concerned.

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ,

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#1 posted 04-29-2012 11:09 PM

nice piece, i dig the solar lights.

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 11:14 PM

That is one nice looking raised bed. I have built several basic models and we have been using them for a couple of years.I too was worried about the possibility of leaching but from what I found the newer stuff is much less likely to leach many chemicals at all.

Good luck with the garden, ours is just getting started.


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#3 posted 04-29-2012 11:40 PM

Boy O Boy, that’s a beauty Andy!
I really like the way you designed it, and the addition of the lights puts it over the top.

Let’s see those pesky groundhogs try and get a snack off you now !

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#4 posted 04-29-2012 11:42 PM

Nice job Andy. I bet that the folks at GardenTenders would love to see this planter posted on their site :). By the way, all of our raised beds are made with pressure treated lumber. We have been using them for four years now and it hasn’t killed us yet :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 04-30-2012 10:17 PM

Nice raised bed, I too have a gopher problem to deal with. Put the chicken wire on top, they ate my entire garden last year. I like the finish looks very clean. I used pressure treated lumber for my composter and the vegetables grown in my garden have not killed me yet, I think the amount of alcohol I consume, nothing else could tolerate my system, LOL.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 05-02-2012 01:36 PM

Nicely though out and executed. Hope it take s care of the groundhog problem!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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