Friday, November 29, 2013
Nearing Completion of Raised Bed Garden
Yesterday I cut the wood. It's easy on a table saw. Two 2 X 6 X 8 ft long planks were cut into 4 foot sections, and one into 2 foot sections. For the corners, a 2 X 4 was cut into 11 inch sections.
That wasn't too bad. So I used 3 inch deck screws to assemble them. I discovered, it's easier if I remain standing and use something as a workbench, which was the cage that was sitting there anyway.
That wasn't too bad, so I cut woven plastic feed bags and stapled them to the inside, and the bottom edge, for liner. We've been saving them for that purpose.
I thought I only had enough for one bed, so completed the narrow one. Later Ning told me he had more chicken feed bags but I was too tired to work on the other bed.
Last, I cut sections of chicken wire. In previous posts, I used hardware cloth. Hardware cloth has smaller holes and is stronger. It's also more costly. I might regret it but this time I went with chicken wire again.
It's nice having one started now. I can fill it gradually through the winter, no hurry. The usual combination of mile hill soil and compost, roughly 50:50 mix by volume. There are lots of mole hills to collect now. For the bottom layer, there are sod pieces that will compost in place. I put those in upside down. There has not been a problem with them regrowing. Also some pulled weeds.
The 4 X 8 bed required 6 planks. The 2 X 8 bed required 5 planks. For one additional plank, the larger bed has double the growing area.