Monday, April 09, 2012

Raised Garden Beds, How We Did It

Hi! All,
Jemima Jones Beck here to show you how we made Mom 7 raised garden beds in our back yard.
It's really simple.

First, get some wood. We used Cedar because it is naturally rot resistant without being pressure treated with non organic chemicals.

Next, drill your wood together into whatever shape you want your raised bed to be. Mom likes symmetry, so we went with traditional rectangle.  
I helped a LOT with the drilling

Place your raised beds over the prepared ground. The way to prepare the ground is to dig at least eight inches below the surface into the soil. Killing (by flipping) or relocating all sod along the way.
Then, fill with whatever you want to plant your garden in. Because Mom is apparently turning into a hippy, we used organic mushroom compost, organic steer manure, and organic planters soil. And, as you can see from the picture, we used a lot of it - a couple of hundred cubic feet.

Finally, enjoy your raised beds! Mom has already planted some early crops and is currently growing Arugula, Lettuce, Spinach, Radish, and Onion with lots, LOTS more to come.
I see veggies in my future.
Jemima Jones Beck


Oakley and Swisher said...

Looks like you guys did a really good job. My brother is not big on greens, but I am. Happy Growing!

Lots of licks,
Oakley.... and Swisher

Anonymous said...

Nice! They are all very symetrical! Growing your own veggies and herbs!

Love Grandma Andrea

Southern Fried Pugs said...

Excellent work on the beds, Jemima! Growing your own veggies and herbs is awesome. Have fun harvesting!

Daisy said...

Wow, It is amazing to have such a garden bed!

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