Garden Structures forum→Standing garden bed - drainage holes???

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michael123456
Feb 26, 2019 1:46 PM CST
I recently built a standing garden bed. My first question is what time of soil to fill it with (potting, garden, etc). The dimensions are about 40inx40inx12in. I intend to grow vegetables in it. Additionally, there are some gaps along the structure of the base. The gaps only exist on one side as the other side is sealed. There are about four of the gaps in total about half an inch down and about 2 inches across. Im not sure whether to cover these gaps completely, leave them for drainage, or cover them and cut new, smaller holes for drainage in a different spot. Any advice is appreciated.
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Florida
michael123456
Feb 27, 2019 4:19 PM CST
Also i am considering making it only 8 inches deep as the top layer that makes it 12 hasnt been fully attached yet and i think it looks better with just 8.Is that enough to still grow veggies?
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Mar 15, 2020 8:49 AM CST
I'd definitely go 12" for best results.
What do you want to grow? 8" is not a lot, but you could get away with it just fine for smaller veggies (peppers, maybe eggplant) herbs and lettuces.


You can leave the gaps as log as you pot something to keep the first from running out when you water. Just put a layer of landscape fabric, or even an old sheet or layer of newspaper on the bottom to keep the soil from running out. water will still drain, albeit slowly. If you have window screen, that works well too.

Do you need drainage on the other side? Maybe not. The wood isn't so tight that water can't drain. Throw a level on it, see which way the water will run.

If you want to to last, that's a different story. If it isn't lined that woods gonna rot in no time, maybe you get two years out of it. If I built that, I'd line it with heavy duty plastic and caulk the edges of whatever cuts or holes I made for drainage
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