Organic Gardening

How to build a raised bed-step 1When it came time to build new raised beds for the Organic Gardening Test Garden last spring, the executive director of the Rodale Institute, where our test garden is located, recommended a simple design. Mark Smallwood—“Coach, ” as he’s known around the Institute—showed us how to build a raised bed using four pieces of untreated framing lumber, with not a scrap of waste. Each bed requires:

  • Three 2-by-12 boards, 8 feet long
  • One 2-by-4 board, 8 feet long
  • 21/2-inch galvanized deck screws (approximately 28 screws)

When purchasing lumber, inspect it for straightness. Straighter boards will result in tighter corners. Cut one of the 2-by-12 boards in half to make two 4-foot lengths; these will be the two end pieces.

Cut the 2-by-4 board into one 4-foot length, to serve as a center brace, and four 1-foot lengths for corner supports. The two uncut boards will become the sides of the raised bed.

After drilling pilot holes, attach one of the side boards to an end board with three evenly spaced screws.

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Source: www.organicgardening.com


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May I suggest some books?
Square Foot Gardener
Four Season Harvest
Success with Small Food Gardens
The big thing to think about is:
1)compost
2)location (south facing = good)
3)what you want to grow
Using recycled pallets, wine bottles, and fallen trees/salvaged stone can be useful for building cheap (meaning virtually free) raised beds. Otherwise use cedar or treated pine, or railroad ties,which are typically treated with creosote.
Over the winter, build your beds, your soil

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