Thursday, March 18, 2010

Raised Vegetable Garden



This year I've decided to attempt a vegetable garden for the first time. We have a gopher problem so an in-ground garden was out of the question - I'm not going to spend months babying my veggies only to have a gopher get to them first!

I built this 95% by myself (my husband had to help with some of the heavy lifting) so I'm pretty proud of it. The frame is redwood. You can't see it, but before filling it with dirt we stapled hardware cloth (like chicken wire but with smaller holes) to the bottom so the gophers couldn't get in.

The instructions I used were from Sunset.com. They were perfect because the size, 4 feet by 8 feet, meant it fit very nicely in the space I had. The only problem I had with the instructions were that they told me to buy 1 inch galvanized tube straps to attach the 1 inch PVC to the sides of the bed. However, I discovered that when I tried to use the 1 inch tube straps they were not big enough to go around the PVC and reach the sides of the bed, so I had to go back and use 1-1/4 inch tube straps instead.

I'm spouting seeds inside and then transferring them outside. So far I've planted squash, green beans, and strawberries (those were bought already grown). I'll probably post some updates as things (hopefully) grow.

2 comments:

~~louise~~ said...

GREAT job Cathy. I was thinking about putting a few raised beds in this year too. Those dang gophers!!! Thanks for sharing...

Cathy said...

Thanks! It's doing well so far. No gophers, though some neighborhood cat thinks it's a giant litter box (don't ask how I found that out - yuck!). Hopefully she will find somewhere else to go or I'll have to put up netting to keep her out.

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