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Raised garden beds?

Discussion in 'Preppers' Corner' started by RickN, Apr 14, 2020.

  1. RickN

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    Because of my ribs the docs do not wanting me bending any more than I have to. I was looking at raised garden beds but the kits completely nuts.

    I wonder what it would cost to build something like this with treated lumber and with the beds at around a 3 foot height so I did not have to bend much.

    Anyone have any idea of cost?

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    Our friend has raised beds so one doesn't have to bend over. Pressure treated wood for the basic frame and scrap tin for the sides and bottom. You want it to drain so gaps in the corners are necessary. They raise some great tomato's and other veggi's. Since the soil/potting soil is so shallow, you have to send in for a soil test to see if you've been adding too much this or that, or need to add some more this or that.
    The raised beds are much more soil remediation necessary than natural soil gardening. You don't use standard dirt in raised beds. A mix of potting soil, peat, and dirt is required. Lots of info online to get the right mix.
     
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    I’d use cedar not treated. My guess for what’s in your picture including soil would be 1000-1600
     
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    How about Haydite/cinder blocks?

    Build it and forget it.

    Also... some treated lumber contains arsenic (or used to anyway).
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    Here's my thought... you'd be better off building that bed on the ground and having someone dig you out a 3-foot deep trench in the center of it with a few inches of gravel on the bottom to promote drainage so you're not walking around in a muddy mess. I would think this would be a lot cheaper and not require all the additional things DH was talking about, right?

    I'm not a gardening expert, so I'm just spitballing.

    <edit> Make sure you call Okie before you dig. Don't ask me how I know...


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    That's a reasonably accurate guess I'd say. I built 2 2'x8'x22.5" beds this year. Treated 2x12's, screws and 3.5 yards of rich mix to fill them was $285.
     
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    I can usually find soil for free if I haul it so that part is not really an issue. Always someone on FB wanting to get rid of a pile.

    I don't know if Edmond would freak out if I used corrugated metal or how many years it would last. From the sounds of it I will keep raising a few plants in buckets. Last year would had more tomatoes than we could use I just wanted to expand to some squash, peppers, maybe some strawberries.
     
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    I'm using pressure treated 2 x 10's 10 ft and 2 x 10 3 ft. Then another set on top so it's roughly 20 inches high. Three sets of these should give me all the garden we need for the year. My favorite vegies are squash, cucumber, peppers, okra and tomatoes. Ain't no food better than a vine ripened tomato.

    I've got a cousin in MWC who has access to free compost at their Mt Trashmore East.
     
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    This is the route we are going. Our herb garden has been in one for years, works great.

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    I think they did away with the arsenic in 2003.
     
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