Today's adventure

jleiwigFebruary 16, 2009

Well today I picked up 6 2x6x8s to outline my raised bed area and hopefully keep the dog off of it!

Needless to say I didn't get very far. MY sledgehammer is at my parents house, and I was freezing my patootie off, so it will have to wait a little bit longer.

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olof

Good job. I wish I had been that productive today.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 1:41PM
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garycinchicago(Z5 Chicago IL.)

I like your half lap joints!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 3:55PM
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carolynp(z7)

I love those hinges, they look very cool.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 6:02PM
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engineeredgarden(7, nw Alabama)

Now, that's different....I like it!

EG

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 7:48PM
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sinfonian(U8b A2 S5 SeaWA)

Very creative. I never would have thought of that. Solid joints and if that rebar or whatever goes into the ground, it'll hold it in place better than with just the full bed. Very nicely done!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 10:03PM
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jleiwig

Thanks everyone, I wish I could claim it as my design, but I saw a kit like this on the internet and decided to build my own. The metal stakes on the corners are designed to hold concrete forms, and are pointed on one end.

The ground was so soggy, that just by pushing the boards down over the stakes that it pushed them in too far! The stakes are 18" long, and I was planning on a couple inches sticking up so I could bend a piece of PVC over each one and make a hoop house for earlier spring planting.

I'll have to get my pliers out and pull them up some. I will get my persuader tonight from my parents house and hopefully get rid of the gaps between the boards.

All in all it cost me about 30 bucks, but that's because I went for the stakes at $3 a piece and better grade 2x6s.

Rebar was much cheaper, but there wasn't a straight piece to be had in the right length, and I didn't feel like cutting it myself.

Now I just need to get some compost and such to put in it and get the IRT 100 on it to start heating the soil.

I was going to put some linseed oil on the boards, but HD wanted 25 bucks a gallon and I wouldn't have needed but a quart, so I just passed on it and will let nature do it's thing to the boards.

I also found some plastic lathe from when I put some shutters up in my parents house, it's about 1/2" wide and 1/8" thick. I think it's 4ft in length. I'm going to use this to make a grid so that it looks pretty.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 7:50AM
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sinfonian(U8b A2 S5 SeaWA)

Very cool. And try elsewhere to find smaller sizes on linseed oil. It could give you a couple more years out of your wood. Well worth it for the work alone.

Can't wait to see the final product!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 9:10AM
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Dan Staley

The lapping makes the box. Well done.

Dan

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 5:54PM
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anniesgranny(6b)

A couple of my boxes had gaps between the boards. It's difficult to find boards that aren't twisted, warped or cupped. I ended up tacking a strip of heavy plastic over the seam on the inside. It will never show, and it keeps the soil from escaping through the gap.

Granny

Here is a link that might be useful: Annie's Kitchen Garden

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 7:17PM
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greenbean08_gw(PNW)

Those are nice looking beds!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 10:07PM
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peel(z6 CT)

There was a full page photo and description of the "smart" way to build raised beds in Organic Gardening Magazine last month, and this was it! I took one look and said "hey, why didn't I think of that?!?"

    Bookmark   February 18, 2009 at 9:48AM
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sinfonian(U8b A2 S5 SeaWA)

Good idea Granny. I did nothing (I didn't notice my gaps, much). On occasion heavy watering causes a bit of leaking from the side, but at least I have an idea how far down it got, hehe.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2009 at 10:20AM
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