Here are my new raised beds waiting to be put in the ground (and have ground put in them). With lots of mature trees, I don't have many places in the yard that get enough sun for veggies, so I am squeezing these little babies in a small sunny spot. I like the raised beds especially beside the patio, because it will be easier to prevent kids (and dog) from stepping on the veggies. Raised beds also have some other advantages:
- the soil warms up faster in the spring
- you can plop them down on top of poor soil and fill them with good stuff for growing
- the soil doesn't get walked on so never gets compacted
- the higher they are, the less you have to reach down to plant/weed/harvest
I am placing mine in a diamond pattern because I think they look more interesting. Flowers will go in the triangle between them to make my veggies "prettier". Can you say "potager"?
They're made of 1x6's and 2x4's, of untreated cedar.