I said I'd post progress and process pics so here goes. I don't think building raised garden boxes looks too complicated, but then again I'm not the builder. My hubby, Doug is the carpenter. The boxes are double height measuring 4' wide x 8' long x 16" high x 2" thick walls. The boards are stock Douglas Fir lumber and are nailed to stakes which are pounded into the ground and nailed to corner reinforcers as well as metal brackets to further stabilize the top and bottom pieces. Bottom is lined with poultry wire to keep gophers out and then a slashed layer of 6ml plaster will be placed on top of the wire to keep most of the water in the boxes but still allow excess to seep out. We could have used hardware cloth instead of chicken wire and weed cover instead of plastic but Doug wanted to keep the cost down. We purchased all the materials from our local Lowe's.
The ground has been leveled somewhat but not perfectly. It would have been nice to dig slight trenches to allow the boxes to sit just slightly below the surface but we nixed that extra step due to the very hard ground. Next we'll add the planter mix and then the plants. Planting will occur in another couple of weeks so we don't plant too early. I'm sure we don't need to worry about frost here but we just want to be sure we don't kill anything before it has a chance to get a good start. We'll be planting tomatoes, lettuce, onions, carrots, several herbs, blueberries, strawberries, eggplant, and peppers. We're not considering corn or other berries at this time. Anything we haven't thought of? What would you grow?
We have a wild rabbit issue and have considered several options to deter them from eating everything to the ground immediately. If we build a wire fence around the boxes it will be difficult to work our beds. So I'm going to plant ornamental flowers just inside the boxes at the edges in hopes the rabbits don't jump over the flowers to get to the veggies. We don't have large jack rabbits here so I hope the little cottontails can't get over the 16" height. We'll see.
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