10 Cedar Raised Garden Beds

UPDATE: Here's those cedar beds I built for $10 bucks each . . . just before the moose ate the entire garden :( I can't rave enough about these beds, my garden was amazing and super low maintenance. BUILD THESE. It's a must build.

A while back while shopping at the Blue Store - AKA Lowes - shopping for mortar and grout and stuff for our river rock stone veneer for the face of our house, I happened to smell some cedar.

And I love the smell of cedar. So I followed my nose to a pile of dogeared 1x6s on special for $1.59 each.


$1.59 each.

$1.59 Each for a 1x6, 6' Long. That's 1/3 the cost of pine 1x6s. And granted, these were fence pickets and the corners were tapered off, but that's only the top inch.

And yes, the were 5/8" thick instead of 6/8" (or 3/4"), but I was okay with not paying 10 times as much to get my corners back and an 1/8" of thickness. Besides, I had a specific use in mind for these fence pickets.

As a child, my mother fed us on a garden she grew. Nine children. And I can less than fondly remember that garden, the size of a football field, and each of us kids had a row the length of a football field to keep weed free. So the thought of a raised garden, much easier to maintain and more effective, efficient and warmer (because warm is an issue in Alaska). And much easier on our backs.

image from Better Homes and Gardens

I especially loved these long an thing raised beds because they made sense to me - no reaching for weeds and each plant gets full sun. And I could line them up in rows, label each bed, and Gracie could get her very own row (except we'll try to make Grace's gardening fun and not all work).

So I bought six boards for a grand total of .54, and went home and somehow found 20 minutes to build this

Not bad for . And naturally weather resistant cedar too! For a planter, you want to use natural wood because treated lumber releases odors and chemical that you don't want mixed in with your food. And cedar naturally resists rot and insects, so a great choice for planters.

This planter also resists rot and insets, is just under $10. But I think you are going to be okay with a little elbow grease (and a lot of burned calories) to get this:

I haven't found the time to finish the planter (and may choose to leave them natural) but I wanted to share this project with you right away because I'm not sure how long these boards will be marked down. And I'm not sure how long these boards will be on the shelf - I just called in an order for 150 boards.

Source: ana-white.com

Garden Plans and Designs
Book (W. H. & L. Collingridge)

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You enjoy to work in your garden and you have a lot of ideas and plans, but no conception to realise it?
What are you thinking about if a professional gardener would come into your own garden and would teach and show you all the things which you would like to know.
He plans and designs with you!!
He works and gets dirty with you!!
He shops with you in a gardencenter!!
He looks over your shoulder and gives you tips and tricks!!
Do it by yourself, but with help
please let me know what are you thinking about this new idea

Some book choices

Sunset has a paperback book called " Herbs" an illustrated guide that has good photographs, general growing and planning information and actual layout plans .
Two other books to find at the local library are :
Small Period Gardens by Roy Strong
and Rosemary Vereys Good Planting Plans.
Both books above have excellent photography, history and planting plans to assist you in your planning.
Also click to google with the words, The Cloister Gardens in New York.
From that website you further research the powerful history of the herb garden thru the ages as well as see an example(s) of a beautiful herb garden

Climate of change ahead for gardening  — Newsday
While many gardeners scan the newly arrived seed catalogs to plan their next growing season, the industry's visionaries are pouring talent and resources into products and ideas they hope will be sown in years to come. .. FLOWERS.

Message to a heartbroken widow: embrace your grief  — Irish Times
And go for a walk in the garden. Examine the dead plants and the frosty clay that was so full of flower last August.

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  • Avatar slscville Any recommendations on raised beds for gardening?
    Jan 11, 2009 by slscville | Posted in Garden & Landscape

    I'd like to install a raised bed for vegetable gardening this year. I think this will allow me more control over the soil quality. What's the cheapest and easiest way to go about it? Should I buy one of the ready-made beds available online?
    In case I wasn't clear, the soil is not my concern, it's the actual bed itself. Should I try to build one, or buy one that snaps together?

    • If you can avoid it dont buy a bed, they are not worth the expence.

      the bed i have my cacti in is just a square of concrete blocks.
      [8" tall, never rot, easy to move if needed, ]