Sqr. Foot Garden bed

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Project by junipercanyon posted 05-21-2012 06:08 PM 2132 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wants to plant a square foot garden this year. So, I had to build her a box for a raised bed. I had some big slabs of cedar that I had milled up last year that I finally got to put to good use. I left live edge on the top, and mitered the corners together then rounded off the corners to blend better with the live edge. We cut out the grass and layed bricks for the box to sit on, then covered the bottom in newspaper (supposed to stop weeds). The box measures 3’x4’x14”. Still need to seal it and fill with soil. I’ll add some pics once we get some veggies growing in there.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#1 posted 05-21-2012 06:19 PM

Nice looking box you have there. Personally, I would remove the bricks however, it will make it much easier to till in the future, and gives the plants more depth to grow their roots.

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 08:00 PM

The bricks are only around the perimeter, the middle is still open. The bricks were intended to give a level platform and neat edge for trimming the grass back, and add just that little extra detail once the whole garden area is pulled together.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 11:34 PM

Good job! Any garden is a good garden. Nice cedar slabs too!

Have fun with the gardening.

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 01:26 AM

Nicely done. Looks a ton better then the boxes I have made for our gardens. I like the idea of resting it on bricks for better weed management around it.


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#5 posted 05-22-2012 03:57 AM

I made a 4’ x 8’ raised garden for my wife’s strawberry patch last year. It was a huge success for the weeds; harvested maybe ten strawberries. I like yours better.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#6 posted 05-22-2012 04:32 AM

I also do square foot gargening in raised beds. I started with 2 beds about 6 years ago, and now have 14 of various sizes from 4×4 to 16×4. Best of luck.

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#7 posted 05-22-2012 02:27 PM

Looks great! Might be a good idea to add some cross ties in the middle to keep the weight of the soil from bowing out the boxes. I could see those miters gapping a bit over time.

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