New “raised” bed added to the garden

This past weekend I completed a project I had wanted to do for some time: I built a new raised bed to add to my gardening. Certainly not an architectural masterpiece I had a bunch of  scrap wood that a friend gave me when he replaced his deck. Seeing gardening beds like this before I wanted to give it a shot. Especially useful for those that have bad backs – the gardening area is actually raised off the ground so harvesting requires less bending and stooping.

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I am going to fill the inside with a few bags of Miracle Grow Gardening soil, a bag of Black Kow composted cow manure, and some local soil from the yard. I am not filling it up to the top rather a little more than half way. I think my wife will like walking out to the bed and picking what she wants without having to bend over and search for vegetables. 

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The “raised” bed will hold  a couple of cucumber plants I have already started and possibly some pepper and tomato plants.

I will update in a couple of months and let you know how it goes.

 – Rourke


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9 Comments

  1. Rourke,
    If the boards came from an old deck it’s likely they were treated with a variety of chemicals to slow down deterioration. Particularly concerning are the older arsenic and copper treatments. You might want to line the bed with a thick plastic film with holes punched in the bottom for drainage so the roots of your plants don’t absorb some of the bad stuff and transfer it into the edible portions.
    Just my 2 cents worth. Good luck!
    TXM1836

  2. Rourke, I did a raised bed for the wife’s container plants using individual stockade fence boards, she has a bad back. Using new boards I did not have a worry about arsenic and the price was reasonable.

  3. Looks good. My wife and I did the same thing two years ago but with the heat here in north florida, the crops didn’t do to go as the heat dried the boxes out much quicker. I don’t think you will have the same problem we had where you are at.

  4. Senior, I live in NE Florida and found an old awning off of a camper helped shade my tomatoes and may also work on other plants, JohnP.

  5. If the wood you used was old enough, a lot of the chemicals will have leached out. I used old treated boards for mine years ago and no problems. I have several beds like this because I don’t like to bend down much as I have a bad back. Great idea.

  6. Consider marking off the box in square foot grids, then drill a 1/4″ hole to allow drainage. Water the soil until you see H2O dripping from holes. with the drainage holes you can’t really over water the box, with no holes the water can pool longer then it should and create an environment to get fungus infections to your plants. I like the box (keep it Simple. I made my self, bad knees and back.

    • BADGER359 –

      The bottom of the box is well “ventilated”. I laid down a piece of anti-weed material to help prevent the dirt from running between the boards but there is a decent amount of places for the water to run out. If it was a solid piece for the floor – yeah, I would drill holes for drainage. One drawback of the design is I know I will need to water often. Looking at setting something up to automate that a bit.

      Thanks!

      Rourke

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