Tutorial: Easy-Peasy Raised Beds

By fiwit
October 28, 2013

When I first moved into my house, I diligently dug flower beds by de-turfing the 20-year-old Zoysia grass and tilling up the red Georgia clay. Then one day I realized I could simply build raised beds, and it cut my bed-creation time in half. I can now build an 8ft by 16ft raised bed in about a day, and here's how I do it:

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Oct 27, 2013 6:12 PM CST
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I remember when you were doing these beds. Great article!
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Oct 27, 2013 6:18 PM CST
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I agree And I like that you give all the options too such as regular vs a modified huglekulture & all the photos are wonderful! Thumbs up
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Oct 27, 2013 6:21 PM CST
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I agree Thumbs up Hurray! Great job!
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Oct 27, 2013 6:25 PM CST
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Thanks, everyone! *Blush*
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Oct 27, 2013 6:35 PM CST
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Great job. Love the photos. You can bet I will be forwarding this to several friends. I may still end up helping them build the raised beds, but that's much easier than helping them dig!
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Oct 27, 2013 7:33 PM CST
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Great tutorial! You've inspired me to get out and make some more beds. I like your modified hugelkultur approach.
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Oct 27, 2013 7:56 PM CST
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dave said:Great tutorial! You've inspired me to get out and make some more beds. I like your modified hugelkultur approach.


Thanks! It's because I live in a subdivision...as long as I have a wood frame around it, they don't fuss about how long it takes me to fill in a bed. Hilarious!
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Oct 28, 2013 4:48 AM CST
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Very nice article, Mary. I really like your two-tiered bed.
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Oct 28, 2013 5:16 AM CST
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blue23rose said:Very nice article, Mary. I really like your two-tiered bed.


Thanks! You should see the other ones I built this year...I'm saving those for another article. Whistling
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Oct 28, 2013 6:49 AM CST
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Ooh, you just gave me an idea. Hurray!
I paid a neighbor to cut down a cypress tree and the trunk is lying on the ground. Instead of paying someone to cut up the tree trunk into manageable pieces I will build a raised bed around it - right there where it lies. Ta-da!
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Oct 28, 2013 6:52 AM CST
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greene said:Ooh, you just gave me an idea. Hurray!
I paid a neighbor to cut down a cypress tree and the trunk is lying on the ground. Instead of paying someone to cut up the tree trunk into manageable pieces I will build a raised bed around it - right there where it lies. Ta-da!


Brilliant! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Ya know what else you could do.... drill some holes in the trunk and use it as a planter. Thumbs up
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Oct 28, 2013 9:00 AM CST
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Thanks, but nope, can't...it's not the stump; it's the entire trunk of the tree with the limbs and branches removed. I'm sticking with the raised bed idea.
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I'm not an authority on trees, but I believe cypress trees are pretty rot resistant. Meaning that if you bury the tree in a bed it will be a great way to 'dispose' of it. But it won't rot and make compost/soil for you any time soon.
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Oct 28, 2013 10:30 AM CST
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greene said:Thanks, but nope, can't...it's not the stump; it's the entire trunk of the tree with the limbs and branches removed. I'm sticking with the raised bed idea.


I realize that -- you've got the tree lying on the ground, right? I was thinking of a long horizontal planter while you waited for it to decompose. It was just a thought. No pressure. Thumbs up
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Oct 28, 2013 11:00 AM CST
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You're very welcome! I tip my hat to you. Glad you liked it!
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Just saying, but you could drill holes into the tree and pour Epsom Salt in there to speed up decomposition.

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Oct 28, 2013 7:18 PM CST
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@virginiarose You are more than welcome to come to my house, bring your tools, and do the work if you want to help something decompose quickly. If you do come, I can pay you in lemonade and cookies.

I planned on going with the easier method of building a raised bed similar to what @fiwit showed us and I will completely ignore the tree trunk for the rest of my natural life.
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Oct 28, 2013 7:22 PM CST
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Like the pictures and step by step and especially the comment on taking time to fill them up. Well done!
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Oct 28, 2013 7:26 PM CST
Name: Mary
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greene said:@virginiarose You are more than welcome to come to my house, bring your tools, and do the work if you want to help something decompose quickly. If you do come, I can pay you in lemonade and cookies.

I planned on going with the easier method of building a raised bed similar to what @fiwit showed us and I will completely ignore the tree trunk for the rest of my natural life.


Sounds like a plan! Thumbs up
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