A little late in season, I finally completed my first raised bed! Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to make the other two.
I used left over Fence Pickets from our new fence. They're great to use because they're already pressure treated, and they're only @ $1.64 ea. I used two for each long side, and one (halved) for each short side, so six total. I then screwed exterior screws into pine stakes (@ $3.49 for a 12 pack). The only catch is that it's tough to find 1" screws, so you have to double up on the pine stakes if you don't want to get a little poked while happily tending your beautiful garden.
I screwed the fence pickets just to the stakes, not to each other. That way they can be easily replaced. I put the stakes every two feet. If you are doing it this way, put each side into the ground before screwing the corners together. It's a lot easier to pound it into the ground that way.
|To section off the feet, I just tied twine tied around nails.|
Oh--bad news for you if you (like me) thought dirt was cheap. Filling the bed was way more expensive than building it. Just remember--it's an investment! You mostly just have to fill it one time with all the right stuff, and then add compost every year (I'm experimenting with composting now--I'll let you know how it goes!).
I'm doing square foot gardening, so I used "Mel's Mix," which is
- 1/3 vermiculite
- 1/3 peat moss
- 1/3 compost
Peat moss isn't a renewable resource, so I used coco peat, or beats peat, which does the same thing and works just as well or better, while being completely renewable!
I would recommend looking at craigslist or calling local farms to get compost. Their organic compost will be lots cheaper and lots better than what you can get at a hardware or garden store.
|Just make sure you water soon enough! |
A few of my five color silverbeets didn't make the transition *sniff*
Live and learn.