Quick and Easy Raised Garden Beds
Since the soil in our yard is pretty much all clay, I decided raised beds would work better than planting directly in the ground. I’ve seen a lot of raised garden beds in the neighborhood — some DIY and some store-bought. I contemplated building garden beds like these, but lacking the time or the tools to do the work, I opted to buy them.
My friend Catherine told me about these cedar raised garden bed kits from Vermont. They are pricier than frames you might find at other online garden supply stores, but they are well made and should last a good 10-15 years. Cheaper versions would have to be replaced every few years and probably end up costing more in the long run.
So I bit the bullet and ordered 3 raised bed kids (two 3 x 8s and one 4 x 8). I ordered on Monday and by Saturday morning they arrived at my door.
It took about 5 minutes to assemble the beds — no tools needed! The mortise-and-tenon construction is based on a 17th century design and won’t pull apart like beds made with nails or screws.
I filled each bed with about 6 bags of LeafGro organic compost/soil conditioner.
This past weekend I planted a few herbs (basil, parsley and rosemary) and seeds for arugula, broccoli raab, kale and lettuce. We’ll wait another week or so before we plant tomatoes, peppers and watermelon. Looking forward to hearty crops this summer!