Raised Garden Beds

comments (1) June 18th, 2013 in Gallery

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Simple cedar fence pickets are used as raised garden beds here. They are erected using metal tent stakes or very long spikes to hold them up.  They are easy to move and replace after they rot.
Cement block garden bed, painted with a thin wash of leftover acrylic paint.  Just stacked and filled--the hard part is loading, unloading and hauling.
Fancier beds, made from 2x12 planks of cedar boards. Screwed in at the corners with an interior brace.  These have lasted at least 18 years, but arent easily moved.
Simple cedar fence pickets are used as raised garden beds here. They are erected using metal tent stakes or very long spikes to hold them up.  They are easy to move and replace after they rot.Click To Enlarge

Simple cedar fence pickets are used as raised garden beds here. They are erected using metal tent stakes or very long spikes to hold them up.  They are easy to move and replace after they rot.

Photo: Bobbi A. Chukran

Over the last 30 years, I've lived in tiny apartments, a condo and houses of all sizes. I've also had gardens of all sizes. The common element in all of those, though, has been raised beds that I've built. 

Living on solid limestone in the Texas Hill Country, the raised beds were a must since there was no topsoil, and then living in a subdivision meant that the soil was builder's grade junk. I've finally moved to a place where there is good soil, but it's black gumbo. All of the soils needed help, and that's where the raised beds came in. 

Even though I had really nice sturdy cedar plank beds, the ones I prefer are the simpler ones made from cedar fence pickets. They are much less expensive than any of the other options, use less wood, and are SO fast to put together. The easy raised beds are made by simply leaning cedar fence picket boards against stakes pounded into the ground in rough rectangular shapes, then fill with top soil, compost, mulch, shredded leaves, you name it. I use either old tent stakes or long nail spikes bought at Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.


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growembig66 writes: excellent idea for raised bed gardens! i used some old 2x6 i got from a remodel i had done, using old tent stakes and other stakes i had lying around the house.
Posted: 2:02 pm on July 31st
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