Raised Bed Construction

Cardboard place at the bottom of the raised bed.
Cardboard place at the bottom of the raised bed.

My raised beds have been a work-in-progress since July, mainly because of the delays created by the unseasonal amount of rain Wantage has received this summer.  The blog-post ‘first layer of the raised beds‘ on the ‘Growing a Homestead’ blog prompted me to finish-off the job.  This blog provided the idea of placing a base of cardboard down to suppress the weeds.  A big thank-you to Kelly McMichael for her inspiration.

Update 7 September 2012, I have published a sequel blog on How to turn a raised bed into a hoop tunnel

10 thoughts on “Raised Bed Construction

  1. Your raised beds are so neat and orderly! Nice job! Great photos for the tutorial too.

  2. these really are beautiful. My beds are so ugly. LOL! Anyways, it’s what’s growing in the beds–that’s what I keep telling myself.

  3. Nice. I do pretty much the same. Will be building raised beds for the front yard so the next growing season will have edibles out front. You can also use layers of newspaper (no shiny stuff). Nice blog!

  4. charltonestatetrust 6 September 2012 — 5:39 am

    http://growyourgrub.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/lazy-beds-we-tried-out-the-traditional-irish-spud-growing-technique/comment-page-1/#comment-17

    3dirtytree says:
    September 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    cheers charlton. just read your beds blog.. two thoughts. the beds seem quite shallow, are you only growing salads and shallow rooted stuff? also, it looks like you filled the frame with store-bought potting compost, is there any reason for doing this rather than using topsoil with some sweet stuff mixed in?

    charltonestatetrust says:
    September 6, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I agree, at this point in time the bed are shallow, but I am doing the no-dig method so over time my friends the worms will be digging and stratifying the soil for me. I will be adding top-dressings periodically. Initially, I will be growing shallow rooted plants
    I agree, at this point in time the bed are shallow, but I am doing the no-dig method so over time my friends the worms will be digging and stratifying the soil for me. I will be adding top-dressings periodically. Initially, I will be growing shallow rooted plants.

    The reason I am using shop-bought compost is firstly I want some organic matter in the bed because the soil I have is clay. And also out of convenience because I have used-up my home -made compost.

  5. I like using the cardboard in my raised beds, too; this type of gardening is wonderful for those who can’t do a lot of digging. Thanks for visiting my site and your kind comment! ~ Marsha

  6. A wonderfully detailed post and very informative. Cheers for the great instructions, consider it my new construction plan for our hoop house beds 🙂

    1. Charlton Estate Trust 20 September 2012 — 1:12 pm

      Please post about it when it’s done 🙂

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