Revamped raised bed garden

comments (4) June 26th, 2014 in Gallery

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First day of summer in the new garden.  Herbs in the first bed on the right, potatoes and horse radish on the left.  View looking south.
First day of summer, looking north.  Cucumbers are still not attached to the trellis, which will run from pole to pole.  On the far right is the wooden trellis to support the kiwi vines.  The secondary paths are landscape fabric and mulch.
The garden before the upgrade last year in late spring.  Beds were 11 x 6 feet, constructed of 3 PVC pipe.  Paths were landscape fabric. The kiwi vines were out of control.
The new garden in early spring.  Main paver paths complete but kiwi trellis and support poles for garden trellises not installed yet. The tomatoes protected from frost in Wall-o-waters and KozyKoats, the eggplant and peppers in Grow Camps.  Last years PVC pipes all stacked into 3 central beds.
The garden in late spring.  The kiwi has not been attached to its new trellis yet, but all the structures are in place.  The main paths are pavers set on the bare ground (they were relatively inexpensive because I bought mismatched leftover partial pallets).  Kale, chard, letttuce all ready for harvest.
First day of summer in the new garden.  Herbs in the first bed on the right, potatoes and horse radish on the left.  View looking south.Click To Enlarge

First day of summer in the new garden.  Herbs in the first bed on the right, potatoes and horse radish on the left.  View looking south.


I have gardened in my 6b Maryland yard for 20 years.  My garden beds had been made from 3" PVC pipes, but I wanted higher raised beds to be easier on my back and knees.  I constructed 20 raised beds from Hardie plank attached to 1" PVC pipes at the corners.  Most beds are 2 planks high, but some are 3.  Most beds are 8' x 4', and cost about $40 each to construct.  The Hardie plank is flexible, so outside stakes are required in the middle of the 8' side. I stacked all the old PVC beds into three higher beds and painted them. I bought mismatched partial pallets of pavers from a local landscaper and placed the pavers on bare ground for the main paths.  I had a large trellis built to support my overgrown kiwi vines, and had tall cedar posts installed for me to attached annual trellises to (but I still haven't gotten around to doing the trellising).  Most of the fill dirt came from digging out the paths and a pile of dirt I had on hand, but I supplemented it with horse manure (from my backyard manure factories), compost and purchased garden soil.  This is the new garden's first year, and so far it's growing great!


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Comments (4)

carlbeckt writes: Wow very beautiful.
Posted: 1:23 am on June 3rd
marcpatton5 writes: I'm impressed
Posted: 2:27 am on March 25th
Carolke writes: The third picture was taken around mid-May 2013, the year before I made all the raised beds. I use Wall of Water on my tomato plants, that way i plant them outside in April (out last frost date is May 10), and I harvest my first tomatoes in mid-late June.
Posted: 5:45 pm on November 3rd
Joyce_of_CO writes: Awesome! Are you using wall of water on some of your plants? What time of year was the third picture taken?
Posted: 3:05 pm on October 12th
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