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Comments On - How to Build a Raised Bed


Hi everyone. We live on Colorado and did this project two years ago. It was great. We added a long "rib" from end to end and tied it to the short ribs at the top to give us better ability to withstand late/early snow for our hoop structure. We also used 2 to 3 inches of river gravel with two layers of fablric instead of drain pipes and that seems to work well. The 4 feet wide bed to allow access to both sides is a good idea we did 5 feet wide on a couple and it is a real stretch to reach the middle without putting a foot or heavy hand into the bed. 4 feet is just right. On our northernmost bed for cucumber and peas we put a piece of fence right down the middle for them to climb and not shade the other beds. Happy Gardening everyone. Crowley Garden Farm and Rescue Dog Emporium!
Crawdad, broomfield, CO
Posted: 5/8/2014 2:31:23 AM
Wow, very deluxe beds. I didn't put drain pipes in mine.
Andrew, Columbus, OH
Posted: 2/24/2014 3:50:25 AM
Found cedar to be way to expensive!! Any cheaper alternative but just as durable?
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 9/8/2013 11:06:33 AM
Great way to garden especially if one has limited space.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 9/3/2013 5:18:21 PM
Great article and great-looking beds. I would like to hear/read more about how the irrigation works.
Vic, Rochester, NY
Posted: 4/9/2013 8:34:25 AM
For my next raised bed, I'm thinking about using lag bolts instead of wood screws to put the boards together. That way, I can use my ratcheting socket wrench instead of the electric screwdriver. Still need the pilot hole, but there's less chance to strip the head.

I was wondering if you have a maximum length you would use for a board. I initially limited myself to four feet for a foot high raised bed, but that seemed a bit short ...

Thanks for the idea to pre-install the PVC pipe for the row covers. Cool idea. :-)
Rick, Streamwood, IL
Posted: 3/14/2013 9:27:16 AM
Looks great.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 2/12/2013 11:57:26 PM
Regarding the corrugated & perforated "drain tubes"...in the directions there doesn't appear to be a location into which the drain tubes EMPTY their water content. Is this correct? Is excess water in the soil supposed to just collect in the drain tubes and sit there? Or should the drain tubes extend to OUTSIDE the garden box for full drainage?
Rachael, Baltimore, MD
Posted: 12/14/2012 2:25:18 PM
Any polyethylene plastic sheet is automatically PBA free!
PBA is in few usually rigid plastic containers.
Gardenia, Brampton, ON
Posted: 11/9/2012 5:00:52 PM
This is the best article that I have read on how to do this! The holders could also multi-task..secure trellises for vining crops or blackberries. One question though...where could I find plastic sheeting that is green (BPA free, etc) for organic gardening? Don't want to inadvertently leach toxins into my growing beds!!!
Debbie, Spring, TX
Posted: 9/29/2012 10:57:36 AM
Good idea's, love your site!
Katheirne, Augusta, GA
Posted: 8/30/2012 5:49:57 PM
Interesting
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 8/17/2012 8:43:37 AM
Animals seem to be my biggest threat to growing fruits and vegetable plants. We live in he country and squirrels and our chickens love to eat the leaves, especially the young, tender new growth, off the plants. With poor florida soil, raised beds seen like a great idea but I have to keep the critters away from the plants and especially the fruit and veggies when they start to grow. Any plans you can share for this twist?
Papa Jake, Lithia, FL
Posted: 7/8/2012 10:54:22 AM
Great information! How do you make a waist high garden off a backyard deck?
Rosalie, Williamsburg, VA
Posted: 4/23/2012 5:57:26 PM
Great guide! Thanks!
Alice, Destin, FL
Posted: 4/2/2012 10:55:40 AM
Looks great.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 3/21/2012 6:58:30 PM
Thanks for the information about the fabric covers over the beds. Nice idea.
Jen, Saint Paul, MN
Posted: 3/17/2012 8:15:16 AM
Sub-surface watering in a raise bed, good idea.
Carl, Livermore, CA
Posted: 3/16/2012 10:31:45 AM
This is a great example of a wicking bed. You can find more information on these on the internet by searching for wicking beds or by going to wickingbed.com It isn't "self-watering" but is more accurately called a sub-irrigated planting system. The patent for this goes back to the 1880's. We use a modified version of this in 5-gallon buckets here in the desert and my tomatoes never want for water, it's always there when they need it.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2/24/2012 11:17:33 AM
So can you explain how the water gets to the whole bed even though you are only watering the one pipe? Cause you are right, I don't believe it.
melanie, santa barbara, CA
Posted: 2/23/2012 10:43:11 PM
Great plans! Thanks!
Chuck, Reno, NV
Posted: 2/16/2012 6:03:05 AM
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