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Finally Finished Raised Bed

Posted by lois PA Zone 6 ( on
Sun, Apr 11, 10 at 21:01

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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RE: Finally Finished Raised Bed

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.


RE: Finally Finished Raised Bed

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

Lois in PA

RE: Finally Finished Raised Bed

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.

RE: Finally Finished Raised Bed


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.


RE: Finally Finished Raised Bed

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)

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