Oklahoma Above Ground Victory Garden

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Project by Todd Kersh posted 04-15-2014 04:31 PM 2096 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since the drainage on a red clay soil base is terrible, my wive’s vegetable garden demanded an above ground solution. The sides and ends were constructed of 1×6 weather proofed deck planks 8’ each. I used a lap joint and rebar at the corners to reinforce the construction and to keep the structure as tornado proof as I can (the rebar was 6 3’ lengths, pounded 2’ in the ground at corners and sides). The rebar was reinforced with weatherproofed 8’ edging timbers, roughly already rounded, about 3” in diameter. Since we need to protect the vegetables to come from our terrier and the occasional rabbit, chicken screen was added to the ends using framing made of cedar, and similar sliding frames were added to the sides to allow access. All the wood was off the shelf from Home Depot, and I used 1.5” deck screws to attach them. My biscuit joiner was used on the frames to connect the corners, and the chicken wire was stapled tot he frame with 3/8” staples.
We added 6” of appropriate dirt after I dug out the turf where we placed the garden frame. Since this is Oklahoma, we plan to buy a treated piece of 4×8 1/2” plywood , which can be quickly put over the top and secured with weights or a strap when hail threatens.
Tools used include my band saw for ripping, my overhead radial arm saw for crosscuts, the biscuit joiner for framing, and a shop staple gun. I also predrilled holes where I put in the deck screws to precent the wood from splitting.

-- Todd,

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#1 posted 04-15-2014 04:41 PM

Todd, well thought out and constructed!

I especially like the thought that goes into the chicken wire across the sides to keep those rodents out. Also like the thought about being able to throw a sheet of plywood over the top too. My only concern is what might leach out of the treated planks into your soil, and eventually into you? You’ve given me great food for thought (sorry, I had to go there!) for raised bed planters i’ve been contemplating here.

-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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#2 posted 04-15-2014 09:06 PM

Todd. Just in case you want it.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 04-15-2014 10:17 PM

Thanks for the corrected picture! I will see if I can get that posted… Not sure why some of my shots were rotate 90 degrees…
Good thoughts about the weather treated wood and possible leaching of the chemicals… I am not probably “organically” correct, but since this is deck wood, I assumed that if that was a problem in a yard with flowers and potentially food being grown nearby, it would have been required to be posted by vendors as a warning, or some sort of stand off rule between the wood and any eatable growing products. So I decided it was a low risk… If anyone has some official warning or rules of thumb about treated wood and vegetables, please let me know!

-- Todd,

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