If you want to grow organic vegetables for your family, you should take into account building a raised garden bed, as it will save you from significant wok. This project doesn’t require much knowledge in the field nor complex woodworking techniques. If you want to keep the weeds away from your plans and to save yourself from a lot of work, we strongly recommend you to install landscaping fabric on the inside of the raised garden bed. Attaching the trims on top of the garden bed is not compulsory, but it has several advantages. PRO TIP: After getting the job done, there are still a few finishing touches you have to take care of. First, you need to remove the weeds and lay out the garden bed, using string and batter boards. Make sure you follow us on Facebook to be the first that gets our latest plans and for some other exclusive content. Also, follow us on Pinterest to get many ideas for your backyard from all the internet! It is essential to check the corners for squareness, using a carpentry square, otherwise the garden bed wouldn’t have a neat look.
Top Tip: After attaching the side walls, you need to make sure the corners of the raised bed are right-angled. In order to enhance the look of the wooden garden bed and to hide the edges of the walls, you could attach 2×4 trims. If you fit these cap railings, you will have a nice place to sit when harvesting or weeding.
Top Tip: Fit the ends of the hoop frames in the supports and plumb them with a spirit level. Top Tip: If you want to save yourself from work, you should install a simple drip-irrigation system. This woodworking project was about free raised garden bed plans. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result. Building a Raised Vegetable Garden, Raised Bed Garden Designs and Plans, Gardening in Raised Beds. Designing raised bed vegetable gardens is very straightforward and growing your own fresh produce is enormously rewarding.
Links to more information and sample plans for vegetable growing can be found at planning a raised bed vegetable garden.
For information about how to grow vegetables generally, take a look at creating a successful home vegetable garden. Best Climbers For Sandy Soil Feb 27, 14 07:52 AMClimbers for sandy soil need to be able to cope with free draining conditions and relatively low soil fertility. Best Perennials For Sandy Soil Feb 26, 14 05:51 AMThe best perennials for sandy soil positively thrive in free draining soils with low fertility. How To Use A Soil pH Test Kit Jan 08, 14 08:19 AMHow to use a soil pH test kit to find out if your garden soil is acid, alkaline or neutral. PART 2 :Today is the 2nd part of our four-part series on how to plant a simple garden using raised row beds. Raised Row beds with straw walking rows not only keep the garden neat – but more importantly keep the plants away from your feet! Wherever I have lived, one of the first requirements was to stake out the best place to put a garden. Once you have found the best available area – you can do a little work now that will help you come spring.
Although we will get into specifics of the actual plants, planting and spacing next week – planting is a breeze! If you would like to follow along with the series and receive our DIY and Gardening Post each week – be sure to sign up to follow our blog via email, Twitter or Facebook in the right column. Raised Bed Gardening is a blog that shares how to garden or vegetable garden using raised garden beds for organic vegetable gardening. May 24, 2012 by Erik Curren 15 Comments The local Transition group’s brand new community garden needed raised beds. As part of our local Transition group’s efforts to make local food more widely available in our town, my wife Lindsay has been helping organize a new community garden. But one of the biggest challenges has been how to grow vegetables in soil that is less than ideal. Since the site is located in an official historic district, the group wondered if the beds would pass muster with the local preservation authorities?
So the project was on, just in time for the Transition US May Home and Garden Challenge, which Transition Staunton Augusta was taking part in. Since these boxes all have bottoms, they’re as suitable for your front porch as your garden, especially if you need to suppress weeds as was needed in the Staunton garden. And both their raised beds and garden planters are made from durable cedar (which will last many seasons more than the pine that was used to build the other Transition Staunton beds) and nontoxic waterproof sealant suitable for organic gardening. The one challenge was that the shipment included only generic instructions which were of little help putting together the review model.
Hardware is included, so it’s really just a matter of fitting the wood boards in place, sliding in aluminum rods to hold together the corners and then screwing some wood screws into pre-drilled holes.
We’ll be reviewing the box after a summer in the hot Virginia sun to see how well it weathers, how easy it is to use, and how well the veggies planted in it — tomatoes and peppers — grew.

Sounds like a great project, Diane, that’s bringing together the community in Reston. The problem with gardening these days, has nothing to do with gardening, people should be learing how to preserve what they grow. If you feel you really want an edge around the dirt, are there any branches that fell last year? No matter how much food we grow or can, if we need to go buy new things all the time we are still in trouble.
Any hints on what would count as “nontoxic waterproof sealant” and where to get it? Next time try double dig – it gives you two feet of soil at little to no cost depending on your source of compost. Apparently suburbandweller and John Irvine have had their collective feathers ruffled because you had the misfortune of not doing things their way.
So now you find yourselves to be not only terribly wasteful by buying wood and using that awful waste of space called square foot gardening, but you are also apparently anal retentive and afraid. Speaking as someone who has both bought wood in the past and used raised beds, I can offer some small hope to you that all is not a catastrophe despite your shameful choices, and I have, in fact, lived to tell about it! Seriously, though, we don’t claim to be the most advanced permaculturists on the net or to be writing for just the most adventurous gardeners. My $0.02 is that raised beds with wood frames may make sense in a place that does not have slugs.
Just don’t forget to adjust the size of the of the raised bed to your needs and to install landscaping fabric on the inside, otherwise you will face constant issues with various weeds. Nevertheless, you need to use proper materials, if you want to build a durable raised bed for your garden. On one hand, the trims will enhance the look of your woodworking project, but on the other hand, it will also give you a support to sit on, when planting and taking care of your vegetables. Secure the trims to the frame with 3” wood screws, making sure you countersink their heads.
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If you also install a light hoop frame on top of the raised bed, it will be easy to raise the temperature with several degrees. In addition, you should check the plants constantly, even if the cover ensures protections against insects. As you should notice in the image, you just have to lay the corner posts on a level surface, align them thoroughly and to attach the 2×6 slats.
Attach the 6′ long slats to the corner posts, after plumbing the front and the back faces with a spirit level.
Nevertheless, the first step is to install 1” PVC pipes along the sides of the garden bed. The drip emitters will deliver water to the plants roots constantly, so you just have to wait until the first harvest. A raised bed garden is a garden in which the soil is higher than the grade of land surrounding it. Soil pH kits are cheap, effective, simple to use, and are an indispensable aid to more successful gardening. Believe it or not – now is actually a great time to get started with building your raised row beds for next year – and with little effort! Notice that the beds are not massive hills – rather just  slightly raised soil with tapered edges. It’s been years since the site was used as an informal parking lot, but Lindsay knew she needed to test the soil before anyone started growing anything to eat. But the group had never built raised garden beds before and didn’t have the faintest idea how to get started. The good folks at Naturalyards in Ashland, Oregon had sent a Planter Box kit for review by Transition Voice with test use to happen in the Transition Staunton garden. Or, if you need beds specifically for a garden where you want to give the roots room to grow deeper, Naturalyards sells raised bed kits too, with an even wider price range and selection of sizes and shapes. But once the proper instructions were in hand the planter box was built in about fifteen minutes.
The Transition movement is about being resourceful and thinking about the objective, not what the newest books say to do.
To that end, though we certainly don’t owe anyone an explanation, in order to use the land that was used for this project, we had to do raised beds. That’s why we try to offer advice and info for people at various levels of experience and skill. With a bunch of eager yet novice volunteers in a public garden, raised (I hesitate but will still say it) purchased beds yield a garden for many in short time where there was none before. Therefore, choose cedar slats and posts, as the components are weather-resistant and also come with a beautiful natural finish.
Cut the slats at the right size and attach them to the corner posts using  3” wood screws, after drilling pilot holes.

If you want to provide extra support to your construction, we recommend you to fit 4×4 posts to the middle of the raised bed, on both sides. Building a garden bed is not enough to ensure the plants are proper climate during the cold night, so you should also install light hoop frames and put polyethylene film. In  order to get the job done as a professional, you need to drill pilot holes trough the slats and to drive in 3” galvanized screws. After fitting the 8” long supports in the soil, you need to secure them to the cap railing with galvanized pipe straps. You could cover the raised bed with polyethylene film, to raise the air and soil temperature. Over the course of the four weeks, we will take you through the process of how we plan, plant, care and maintain our raised row garden – and how to create your own simple garden in your yard.
One final assumption we make here is starting your raised row beds with a pick up load or two of additional pulverized topsoil or growers soil. Now take your black plastic sheet, lay it on top of your layer of straw or leaves to completely cover the area. Take off the rocks and plastic, and what you should find is some slightly decomposed leaves or straw. We were able to have it all planted in about 30 minutes using this method – a huge time saver! So, she called in a friendly former agent with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Fortunately, a local builder offered to help build beds from some plans downloaded from the Internet and low-cost pine boards from Lowe’s.
It’s quite a deluxe box, coming with a bottom and also optional trim to create a nice finished look at the corners and on top. Watch the planter box assembly video to see just how simple it is to put a Naturalyards box together.
If you want to use wood, a great source of wood are old pallets (I like the fence idea) and as many of them are made from cedar, they should last awhile.
Yes, we could have just done mounded dirt, but not this first season and still be able to garden there. Because one buys or uses the occasional new thing doesn’t mean everything they do is new. A kit may not be the option for everybody but for some of us, it can really accelerate our gardening efforts.
Lindsay is the brain behind the garden, but I can tell you that under our mulch (which we got for free from a pile of landscape refuse the city maintains in our park for citizens’ use) we put first newspaper and then cardboard. Fill the bed with soil and cover the surface with weed-suppressing fabric, making sure the materials also extends to the walls of the wooden structure. This will serve to eliminate almost all of the grass that now occupies the area – and keeps you from having to dig at all. We are always amazed each year when we pull the plants in the fall how big the roots have grown in the undisturbed rows.
For a market garden, wooden beds may cost too much (time and money and loss of flexibility) and harbour slugs that eat into economics.
Tomatoes, peppers and most vegetables like it sunny and warm– and that afternoon sun is the better choice of the two. However, one method we discourage is tilling up the existing space and using the soil at ground level.
Yes, it will cost a little here to get the garden up and running – but remember,  this is a ONE-TIME only expense. Just use your finger or a small hoe to make a shallow row in the topsoil and spread the seeds according to the package – cover up with topsoil and your done! Mound up the dirt, make them only 3′ wide to avoid stepping in them, and cover with mulch to keep the edges from washing away.
We spent two months trying to source wood donations for the boxes and in this location it wasn’t possible to use pallets.
In this case, mounded beds work well…Dougo Gosling, one of the finest growers I know, has used these at OAEC for probably 20 years. For now it was important to create what we could in a very short time schedule using what we had or could source and investing using dollars when we had to.
If you do have slug problems, a saucer of beer is the most non-violent way to kill them – they will drown themselves in stale beer, which then can be added to your compost pile. You can also use this method in the early spring, just make sure to give the plastic a few weeks at minimum to kill off most of the grass underneath. As the roots grow into the straw – they will go even deeper into the soil below that has been softened by the organic matter you put down earlier.
All of the mulch is from the city’s recycled lot of processed yard waste and chipped wood from Christmas trees, etc.

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