What You Need:
- They bought (eight) 2 x 6 x 8 treated lumber from Home Depot which came out to $45
- Cut the (eight) pieces into (eleven) 4 foot lengths and (seven) 2 foot lengths
- The first two layers comprised of (8) 4' lengths = 32 feet when combined. This is the first planting height.
- The third layer is comprised of (3) 4' lengths = 12' and (3) 2' lengths = 6' for a grand total of 18'
- The fourth layer is 6 feet and is a 2' x 2' x 2' planting box
- Notch ends so the corners interlock
- Drill together with 3 1/2" deck screws
- See how nicely the corners interlock? We suspect this raised bed will stand the test of time!
Last year, Denny and Cheri planted several Sweet 100 cherry tomato plants (my favorite too!); a couple of pea plants; one squash and one cucumber plant. You can see the dead vines of the cuke trailing in the picture below! Her tomato plants got so big that she had to cut them back to allow sun to get to the other plants. This year she's planning on fewer tomatoes, adding onions, potatoes and peas. Sounds like a good plan to me.
What's so special about raised beds?
- Prevents soil compaction
- No strenuous digging in heavy soil
- Less bending over
- You control the soil quality as soil is more easily replaced (This is especially true of pots and container gardening...another huge trend!)
- Easier planting, weeding, harvesting
- Efficient, intensive use of soil and added nutrients such as compost
Do you have an elevated or raised bed garden? Big or small.