Raising the raised beds…

To officially meet farm status I suppose one must have a garden. We decided to go the raised bed route for two main reasons. First, with raised beds you control exactly what the make up of your soil will be and are not dependent on what is in your yard. (clay in my case) Secondly, raising the level of your garden off the ground is much more friendly on your back and makes weeding / harvesting easier.

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Measure twice – cut once!

The location of the raised beds was chosen due to its proximity to the house and chicken coop (chicken poop makes the best compost) and because it had full sun. We decided to build 2 raised beds out of Western red cedar because it is naturally resistant to rotting and insect attacks, and is not treated with chemicals like standard pressure treated wood. Wood manufacturers will say that pressure treated wood is safe to grow food in, but we were told Asbestos was safe too, and we all know how that turned out.

 

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Cedar Beds are 24″ tall and 5 ft. by 20 ft. long.

After all, the whole point of this is to grow food that is chemical free! The boxes are designed to be 24″ tall and 5′ x 20′ in size. There is a large path between them to move equipment in and out of the garden. The fencing is a complicated issue because we are not only trying to keep out the deer, but also the foxes and rabbits. At the moment, we plan to install high tensile wire along the upper portion of the fence and electrify it to keep out the deer. The bottom half of the fence will need galvanized metal fencing with no more than 2′ x 4′ openings. This fence will be installed a minimum of 12′ deep into the ground to keep out animals that like to dig. (dogs, fox, wood chucks, etc)

 

Now all I have to do is the the soil to fill the boxes….stay tuned!

 

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Pea gravel finishes the look

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Our master designer and littlest helper. 🙂

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