Building raised garden beds

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  1. whistler

    whistler Seedling

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    My husband got all excited about building raised garden beds last year and bought all these garden ties which sat in our back yard for the past year. A couple of weeks ago he set to work getting the raised garden beds built and prepared. He's very pleased with himself and asked me to stop what I was doing - carrying garden ties from where they've been stacked the past year to where he was working - to go in the house for the camera.

    I realize the rickety brown picket fence in the photos is ugly. Circa 1970. We're replacing the fence later this summer. I hope!



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    Starting to build raised garden bed for blueberries ( photo / image / picture from whistler's Garden )





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    Getting the garden ties in place for raised garden for blueberries ( photo / image / picture from whistler's Garden )





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    More garden ties in place for blueberry garden ( photo / image / picture from whistler's Garden )





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    Blueberry garden partly built behind pear tree ( photo / image / picture from whistler's Garden )





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    2x4 braces in raised garden bed for stability ( photo / image / picture from whistler's Garden )





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    Blueberry garden bed is built ( photo / image / picture from whistler's Garden )





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    Building the raised garden for potatoes ( photo / image / picture from whistler's Garden )





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    Almost finished the raised garden for potatoes ( photo / image / picture from whistler's Garden )
     
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  3. Droopy

    Droopy Slug Slaughterer Plants Contributor

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    That is absolutely lovely! Me like a lot. :D Your husband's done well. I think you'll have lots of fun playing in those beds.
     
  4. whistler

    whistler Seedling

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    He likes doing stuff like this. Now to get him to do something with all those railroad ties he bought at the same time last year!
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    WOW those are impressive. :D I could do with raised beds like that in my garden now that I'm getting older but, sadly, so is my husband!! :rolleyes:
     



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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Looking good whistler!
     
  7. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    A lot of hard work. You have created raised beds to be proud of that will provide many years of produce and enjoyment.

    Well done!!

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    Excellent job!,..about 2 ft 6 ins high?,..and they look good,..well constructed indeed,..congratulations to your Hubby.
     
  9. whistler

    whistler Seedling

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    They're about 2'6". My husband used a level and is very picky. They're not quite finished yet. He'll be putting a 2x6 around it for a seat. Makes it easier for weeding and harvesting. These raised beds don't tend to get a lot of weeds though.

    Now if I could just get him to finish laying the floors in the bedrooms!
     
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    great job! well done! fresh food is more delicious ;) isn't it?
     
  11. whistler

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    Thanks Annie. Yes it is. We've always had fresh rhubarb and strawberries growing but its been years since I've had onions and potatoes. My husband wants to build more but the only areas left tend to get more shade. One area gets a lot of sun but our neighbor's maple tree sheds a lot of leaves there in the fall. It would be easier just to have grass in that area.
     
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    Love those beds. Great Job!!! :stew2:
     
  13. Emmett

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    Whistler, That is a very good project. Looks good. Just put some new posts in for that fence, I like it. It has a lot of character, will look good in the photos with veggies growing.
     
  14. chocolate

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    I want some please!
     
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    That is a beauty, well build. Wish I can have one.
     
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    Carol Blue-Garcia Seedling

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    Nice job. It will make tending the garden a little easier. Easier to reach the plants and pull the weeds.
     

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