Build a raised bed garden this year, and grow your own produce.
You can save money on your grocery bill, and on materials for the garden, when you use some materials that would otherwise just be going to waste, or taking up valuable storage space.
This raised bed garden project, is an example of re-purposing old building materials that were formerly used for something else, such as a barn.
You can do this yourself, using recycled materials such as reclaimed barnwood, or old lumber, or even paver stones left over from other projects.
With the gardening season, comes the need for preparing the garden, for growing a bounty of produce. This can be hard work, but it is very rewarding.
Using a raised bed garden to grow your vegetables, has it’s advantages.
This method is also great for beginning gardeners, or those with limited space for a garden.
You can control the type of soil used for your garden better because you fill the beds yourself with a good mixture of soil, and this gets rid of problem soil such as clay.
No tilling the ground.
The drainage is better, because the planting area is raised.
You can control the amount of space the plants spread into better.
Since plantings areas are raised you don’t have to bend down as far to plant the garden or harvest the vegetables,
If you have an opportunity to use recycled materials that is the cost effective way to go about a project like this.
Other wise, you will have to purchase the materials needed for the project. Either way it is still a good investment.
Here are some details of a project completed out of reclaimed Kentucky barnwood. The project is shown in the photos.
This raised bed garden has a fence around it that is made from reclaimed tobacco poles, recovered from a barn as it was being tore down. The tobacco poles provide a rustic fence that is both charming and functional.
The garden gate was also made out of the poles and antique hardware was used for the hinges.
The only items purchased for the fence were the lag bolts, wood screws, concrete, and mesh wire for making the walls.
The fence uses wire between the poles for a reason. The fence becomes a trellis for plants that need to be climbing or tied to a support. It also does not shade the garden space so it gets full sun, which is better for the plants. The fence is 42 inches tall. This is tall enough to keep dogs out of the garden area.
You can also build a starter garden like this with a temporary fence on one side to allow for future growth of the garden space if needed. That is how this garden was designed. The original design only takes up 12 feet x 14 feet of yard space. When the other area is finished the space will be 14 feet x 20 feet, and attached to a garden shed on the end.
The raised beds are build out of 2×6 barnwood cut to length for the design of the garden. Keep in mind that unless you can work from both sides of a raised bed, do not make it more than 3 feet across. These beds are 2 feet next to the fence and 4 foot wide in the center area because it can be worked from either side.
This garden is designed to take advantage of all of the space, by using the fence as a trellis more plants can be grown closer together.
Between each bed there is a collection of left over paver stones used in the pathway. Because they are different sizes, ground cover was planted in the spaces that were exposed. This controls weeds, and looks good.
The ground cover can be stepped on. It was also taken from other areas in the garden and transplanted into the garden space.
You could use gravel, mulch or even grass between the beds if you choose too. But the stepping stones give a more permanent base to walk on with less maintenance.
Take these ideas and customize them to your needs for your garden space. You can even build the raised bed garden without the fencing if you want. But if you have dogs, this is the best way to keep them from digging in the loose soil or contaminating the area.
Fill your raised bed garden with good soil and plant your garden with whatever vegetables you enjoy eating.
To get year round use from your garden, plant cool weather crops early in the sping, over winter perennial flowers from pots you have stored for the winter, and take cuttings from bushes to start new bushes. This gives you a better value for the space taken away from the yard.