My first raised bed - questions

Oxboy555(Las Vegas)May 4, 2014

(I live in Vegas, but not too too different from Phoenix/Tucson)

Constructed bed will be about 8L x 4W x 2H.

Is there a preferred choice of material? Wood planks or Bricks/blocks? Pros and cons of each?

Should the inner walls, no matter which material, be sealed or lined with anything to protect against temp extremes, evap, soil escaping, rot/degradation prevention etc?

The bottom will be left completely open on bare soil for drainage and rooting.

Thanks for any advice.

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I've read some people put hardware cloth (wire mesh) in the bottom of the planter so critters can't dig holes and get into your plants.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 10:17AM
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I live in Arizona and I have 2 pallet beds, I toiled the ground soil then laid down weed cloth. I then laid the beds atop that. Just make sure if you trying to make an organic Garden Bed you do not use some sealants or stains on your wood. it can seep into the soil. I'm having great luck with Red Fingerling potatoes, Solar Boy Tomatoes and Mild Jalepeno. . Good luck, I'd love to see how it's going. I've also included a link to a Lady who is amazing! She has her degree in Urban Horticulture from ASU and is a practicing Horticulturist. Her page is awesome and VERy informative for desert gardening and landscaping.

Here is a link that might be useful: AZ Plant Lady

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 11:41AM
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Yes, keeping the gophers out is a problem in Las Vegas so hardware cloth is pretty strongly recommended (I think the half inch mesh). Additionally co-lining with landscape cloth can repress weeds and grasses from coming up from the bottom.

Here is a link that might be useful: Since you live in Vegas

    Bookmark   May 7, 2014 at 4:44PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Fun! Let us know what you do and how it works out! I prefer cinder blocks/wall blocks/bricks for raised beds here, but only because they seem to need less maintenance than wood. Either would be fine and if you start with wood and it falls apart eventually you could replace with wood or blocks. We'd love updates, so keep us posted! Happy gardening! Grant

Here is a link that might be useful: Pics from my garden, so far, May 2014

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 8:24PM
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