Raised Flower Beds

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Project by JCam posted 05-02-2013 05:32 AM 9932 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,

This was my first venture into woodworking. About a year ago my better half asked me to build some raised flower beds for the backyard and this is what I came up with. They are made from 2×6 cedar because my understanding is that they stand up well against the weather and they repel insects as well.

The first four pictures are from when I first built them and the last two are much more recent. I left them unfinished because I was unable to find a stain or sealer that wouldn’t leech into the soil, and my dinner. They have cooked in the Texas sun for a year now and I don’t see any signs of rot so hopefully we will get a few more years out of them.

Thanks for looking

-- -- Cameron --

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#1 posted 05-02-2013 06:34 AM

Really good and efficient looking garden beds. Well Done and I love the cat.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 05-02-2013 09:11 AM

Well done

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#3 posted 05-02-2013 01:45 PM

Great job!! Thanks for posting and welcome to LJ’s.

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 03:41 PM

I have had my cedar beds going in Minnesota for three years now with little rot. You should get a decent lifespan with what you have made.

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#5 posted 05-02-2013 04:21 PM

Very nice. I made my first two garden beds out of spruce and the 2 most recentones out of eastern hemlock. The spruce is starting to show signs of rot – I expect to get 5 years out of them, with a few repairs at the end of the 4th summer. Hoping the hemlock will stand up a bit better (if nothing else, they were undressed 2X10s so much thicker). I’m just too cheap to spring for the cedar…
Surely your squash and tomatoes are not that far along already?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#6 posted 05-02-2013 04:27 PM

Cadillac raised beds! Very nice!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#7 posted 05-02-2013 06:44 PM

Nice, I have some raised beds myself!

Can I ask why you chose to make two of them in more a of “U” shape rather that a rectangle like the others?

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#8 posted 05-02-2013 07:39 PM

Great project, I also have 2 raised beds made of cedar and we really enjoy them.

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#9 posted 05-03-2013 05:18 AM

Thanks for the comments guys, I appreciate the feedback. Sailor, the “U” shape was just cosmetic, no planting purpose for it, just something visual to differ from the other boxes. I did lose some planting space because of it but the “L” shaped box is 9’ x 6’, the rectangle boxes are 6’ x 2’, and 5’ x 2’. We ended up with plenty of room for what we wanted to plant.

-- -- Cameron --

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#10 posted 05-07-2013 07:04 PM

With the raised beds and square foot gardening combination, one hardly misses the space lost with different shapes. Very nice.

-- Think of the solution, not the problem.

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#11 posted 05-07-2013 07:15 PM

very nice!

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