Raised garden beds & square foot gardening

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Project by Skiedra posted 04-25-2012 09:08 PM 3712 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is some green stuff from even more green woodworker.

Saw Stevemarin’s planter boxes and decided I needed something to plant in for my own garden.

Made of untreated pine 2×8s. Impregnated and painted the pine. Lined the inside with plastic sheet. This should separate wood from soil.

Placed the beds onto a bunch of paving bricks to minimize wood touching the ground. Bottom of the beds is open.

Added 4 inch planks on top for more comfortable seating when attending the plants.

Dunno if the guide lines stays inside or no. Could be a nice support for some climbing plant if attached to the wall.

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#1 posted 04-26-2012 12:09 AM

Looks good, I like it, What are you planning on growing? I need to see if the wife will give me some of the backyard for a garden, I am stuck having to go to my brother in laws house and planting in his Garden, after 2 years its getting a little tiresome :)

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

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#2 posted 04-26-2012 12:12 AM

Nice looking raised bed….I have had 9 raised boxes in my garden for many years, all 3 ft. by 4 ft. or 3 ft. by 5 ft. It all began when I read a book called Square Foot Gardening by a guy named Bartholomey (or something like that). It is a great way to garden and the garden is easy to tend and very productive. You never walk on the dirt and you can reach to the center of each bed. I also have trellises for climbing crops like peas and beans. Good luck with it.

-- jbschutz

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#3 posted 04-26-2012 02:02 AM

looks great…great solution for the ground contact problem aw well.

-- Chucks in Phoenix

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#4 posted 04-26-2012 02:28 AM

very nice. My wife uses one of her beds in the square foot process. Are you also posting this and the resulting plants on Garden Tenders??

-- Harold

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#5 posted 04-26-2012 05:22 AM

Cheers for the thumbs up lads! I never saw a single negative comment on LJ. This is a superb place for starting woodworkers to observe, learn and get some advice & encouragement.

jbschutz, it’s Mr. Mel Bartholomew’s book, the same that I read too. Don’t have access to vermiculite down here for the soil mix, so just filled it all with the best soil I had. First year of gardening for me, though, not really sure about the results.

Martyroc, what I really like about raised beds, is that they take small space, does not get in the way and there is so much less mess. I plan to add landscape fabric and mulch on the ground around them beds.

Hjt, maybe when the results come in.

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#6 posted 04-26-2012 05:20 PM

Very nicely done and you will reap what you have sown.

Mother Nature would be proud with what you’ve done with both your projects. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 04-26-2012 09:57 PM

Great project!

I also built a 4ft x 10ft raised garden bed for vegetables last year . It was a rewarding experience. Mainly grew tomatoes and green chilies. Got around 120 lbs worth of tomatoes alone.

If you take good care of your plants, you will get the reward!

Good Luck!

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#8 posted 04-27-2012 06:53 AM

I am wondering should I paint the guideline strips or not? I mean with all the paint/chemicals leaking into the soil horror stories.

Also, does anyone use some sort of dripping/watering systems to water the plants? Or just the old hose watering method?

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#9 posted 05-02-2012 04:12 AM

I don’t think I would, the plants will most likely cover them over anyway. As for watering, there are several ideas out there, I’ve got both rain barrels and a well system. Both are posted project you can check out at Garden Tenders.

-- Harold

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#10 posted 05-02-2012 07:15 PM

Cheers for the links, hjt

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#11 posted 05-22-2012 08:51 AM

Will you be posting pictures of the garden on your blog as the season goes?

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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