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ASSEMBLE YOUR DEEP RAISED BED FRAME
Dry - Warm - Cool - Pest-free - Productive - Practical ... All Are Possible

image The following instructions are available as a PDF in the Downloads section. Construction is not a complicated process, but it is made easier if you choose the most level spot (in full sun) you can find.

For information on the safety of using today's pressure treated pine, please see Keeping It Practical.

MATERIALS LIST

6 2x10x8' pressure treated pine
2 1x4x8' pressure treated pine
4  16" wooden stakes, pressure treated pine
4 10' long, 1/2" electric metal tubing (EMT)
2 lb 3" screws (compatible with PT lumber)
1 lb 2" screws
16 1/2" EMT straps
   

We caution against using thinner boards, such as 1" cedar fence boards. While inexpensive (and only 6' long), the pressure from the soil inside the filled bed will cause the sides to bow out.

 TOOLS REQUIRED

Electric drill with 3/16" bit

#2 Phillips-head screw gun or screwdriver
Tape measure
Hammer
Circular saw
Framing square
4' level
Pipe bender    ***see note***
 

***The Quick Hoops Bender is available from Johnny's Seeds for about $60.00.

Or from Lost Creek - Original, Quick Hoop Benders for about $40.00***

Heavy gauge wire can be used instead of the hoops. Appropriate lengths are cut, arched over the bed, and the ends stabbed into the soil. They work well enough to support the row covers, but are not nearly as sturdy as the EMT pipe. Trellis material cannot be attached to wire hoops.

ASSEMBLY AND INSTALLATION

A Cut the boards to specified size in the shop
B Assemble one level of the box, then the second
C Carry finished boxes to the chosen spot
D Level and square the first box
E Place box 2 on top of box 1
F Fasten the two boxes together
G Attach the EMT straps to hold the hoops
H Fill the box with soil and amendments

 

image: drill pilot holes image: attach long and short sides image: bed assembled - 1 tier
leveling the box on site image: squaring the box image: anchoring the box
image: anchoring the box image: leveling the box image: setting the second tier
image: marking for joining image: joined boxes with straps for hoops image: finished bed, with hoops and black plastic

 

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE HERE
Downloadable PDFs complete with illustrations

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