Finally Finished Raised Bed

lois(PA Zone 6)April 11, 2010

Since I had no idea of what the heck I was doing, this took several weekends to complete, LOL..

It's cedar boards on top of stone landscaping blocks. Total depth about 20 inches. Next time, I will not mix materials; it will be either all stone or all boards. Getting the boards to sit right on the stone was a pain, and it still was not as perfect as I would have liked. My back told me after a while that it was good enough though, so I finally listened.

My big pot of homemade compost that I was making for the raised bed was a bust; I had been saving coffee grounds all winter and throwing them into a big pot of dirt, only to find this weekend that it had become home to a colony of pavement ants. I didn't want to add ants to my raised bed (although I know they might find it eventually by themselves), so I dumped out the beautiful compost.

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engineeredgarden(7, nw Alabama)

Well, I think you did a great job on it. It can be a real challenge to get pavers level, and I did more than 400 back in October. Whew! Talk about a challenge...

Anyway, composting is kinda tricky until you learn how to do it - but then it becomes easy with the right ingredients.


    Bookmark   April 11, 2010 at 11:02PM
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lois(PA Zone 6)

Thanks, EG. I've seen some of your amazing projects.. A "great job" from you is praise indeed!

Lois in PA

    Bookmark   April 12, 2010 at 8:24PM
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lois(PA Zone 6)

Planted up the raised bed with heirloom tomatoes and cantaloupe. The cantaloupe is not growing as fast as I'd like, but hey, if it doesn't work out, I will know what not to do next year.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 11:35PM
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It's hard to tell from the images but it looks like your toms are about 6" apart If so, you are giving a new meaning to Square Foot Gardening!

Good luck.


    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 5:58PM
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lois(PA Zone 6)

LOL, Mike, no, they are a foot apart.. I marked off 1 ft squares in the bed and planted only 1 per square. But they ARE looking a bit crowded now...They just looked so TINY when I planted them! Probably next year I will mark off the half-foot and only plant them every 18 inches. My next project for a weekend coming soon will be to install a 6 ft trellis next to each row of tomatoes and see if I can get the Florida Weave method to work for me. Thanks for the good wishes. :o)

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 7:00PM
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