My New SFG

eastpenna(6b)February 20, 2013

Well my Garden is built it is 4' by 12' x 18" deep and filled with 3" of drainage stone and Mel's mix, now I just need to add the squares. What is best to use, lath or string?

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snibb(Salt Lake City)

If I had a bed that looked that great I would only use lath. That's a killer looking garden you've got there. I wouldn't use string/twine-you'll end up regretting it throughout the year because it's going to be sagging and breaking because of the exposure to sun, wind, rain, etc. It's cheaper, but it doesn't look like you're trying to cut any corners with your SFG. Wow. I think it looks great. I've had my wood lath grids that have lasted me for more than 10 years. You can see them all on my website.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 11:56AM
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eastpenna(6b)

Thank you for the compliment, with the garden being so close to the house I wanted to make it look decent. I do have some lath and have also considered using string trimmer line. With the lath did you use any preserver on it? Would love to see pics, where is your website?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 8:50AM
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Bryan Scott

Wow! That is a great looking box! +1 on not "downgrading" the look of your box with twine.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 9:09AM
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brwndot

Agreed - twine won't last nearly as long. Great box!

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 8:03AM
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Ray_Scheel(z8b/SS31 E. TX)

I agree with the others, don't use sting on a bed that is this sharp. My garden is at the edge of the woods, the beds edged with random cinder blocks salvaged from demo and dumpsters, but the ragged look of the string I used at first (even just as temporary markers) was bad enough that I went to just putting little marks on the edges and hand-drawing squares in the soil at planting time.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 9:43AM
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eastpenna(6b)

Thanks everyone, I did go with wood grids, just hope they look this good after a few months.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 3:38PM
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eastpenna(6b)

Well I decided to add a Hoophouse over my SFG.

Next project is to knock down a 6' x 8' shed that is next to the garden, and replace it with my new 6' x 8' HF Greenhouse that I picked up this weekend.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 7:14PM
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quiltbea(5a)

You are doing marvelously well for a new SFGr.
Happy Gardening.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 4:24PM
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Bryan Scott

Yep, "box envy". :o)

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 10:12AM
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volguy9595

man that looks great. I'm jealous;)

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 2:47PM
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charlieboring

Eastpenna you win the annual award for the best raisedbed sfg this spring! Beautiful job! I can't wait to see pictures of your garden with plants.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 8:14AM
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eastpenna(6b)

Thanks everybody! CharlieBoring, here is a shot as of today 4-11

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 3:18PM
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gone2seeds

Wow. I am in love with your new bed. I just built one very similar and was looking to add a hoop house come fall. Would you be interested in adding some details of materials used for the hoop and covering? You did a fantastic job with the cover.
Thanks.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 2:08PM
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eastpenna(6b)

Gone2seeds, the hoop is 1/2 PVC, and the plastic is 6 mil 10x25 foot roll.

I have 8 4x4 post inside of my bed, I drilled a hole down about 6" and used a 18" piece of 1/2 rebar to hold the hoops. The hoops were cut down to 9 feet ( the plastic I used was 10 feet wide). I used three cross supports attached by using screws with wing nuts. My bed is 12 feet long so I used a coupler to join two pieces of PVC together. Yes I glued them.

The plastic was installed in three pieces and held on to the hoops with snap clamps, ( you will need to get these from a greenhouse supply ). At the bottom of the plastic I used a 12 foot 2x4 ripped in half and stapled the plastic to it so I could roll it up. Also the reason I cut the hoops down was so the plastic wraps around the 2x2 to hold it in place.

On the small ends I used one 2x2 cut in half.

I also used 4 chrome plated over the door hangers on the two lower braces so I could roll the sides up. ( I got these at Lowes ).

I hope this helps.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 8:01AM
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gone2seeds

Thank you so much.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 2:39AM
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