|Project by kindman||posted 04-23-2014 09:15 AM||6404 views||1 time favorited||15 comments|
Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Project
The location I live in is VERY rocky… The way I describe it is… If I dig a five gallon hole, I get ten gallons of rocks. (…at least it seems that way)
I moved into my home in ’99 and suffered for almost ten years with what was left of a rotting small raised bed. My vegetable yield was so poor; I finally made up my mind in 2009 to build some raised beds for my vegetable garden.
I started doing research into materials to use, and what I considered was:
• Rocks – Too heavy
• Cinder blocks – Aesthetically un-appealing to me
• Hay bales – Too temporary
• Trex – Not supportive enough, too flexible
• Pressure Treated Lumber – Too many unknowns about the safety of growing food with PTL
• Rough cut pine – Just right
My fantastic wife helped me plan out the garden with the allotted space available…
Our plan was to build five raised beds, two 4’ X 7’ and three 4’ X 8’ beds.
I started out with some rough cut pine from a local (SE New England) saw mill. I ordered 2 X 12s and 4 X 4s in 8 ft. lengths, enough to make what we planned…
With my cut list completed, I used a paint roller and applied boiled linseed oil for protection…
After a day or two of drying, I started the bed construction…
The construction consisted of using the 4×4s inside the corners with three four-inch deck screws coming in from each side.
I ordered a 50/50 mixture of loam and compost from a local landscaper/barkmulch/loam guy. (You know the kind)
When I told him how close I lived to his business… he brought the mix directly over in his bucket-loader… It saved me SO MUCH shoveling…
This project was a resounding success. So successful… many of my indeterminate tomato plants have exceeded 8 ft in height.
Staking an 8 foot tomato plant was quite a challenge, so I constructed a support system… which will be my next project… Stay tuned.
-- Kindman in Rhode Island