I am about to start construction on 3 or 4 raised bedds in my yard. here is my question. What is the best material to use and how tall should they be? I have a lot of rabbits in my yard and also 2 large dogs. I am thinking about using paving stones unless I and find some 4X6 ceder. Will 2X6 work just as well?
I LOVE the look of these!
We've actually been using cut tree branches and tree trunk (pines were cut down in our neighborhood and left to be picked up) for our raised beds. They are not only pretty but they work so well and its recycling! yay! :)
Here's a wicked cool idea for making raised beds on the cheap: Use cedar fence pickets!From a pretty righteous web site called Ana White Homemaker!
Lynda, I have pics from the last couple of years, and really need to get some for this year. I went back to a discussion I posted some older pics on, and it was really fun to look at them. My garden is much bigger now. I will link you to the discussion, and I am the first post, with attached pics. And...I definitely will get you some pics on here, and there too, of what has happened since the first year... :)
Hey, Troy. I just built raised beds this year. I used 2x6 cedar and 4x4 cedar in the corners. I had the 4x4s cut to 12" lengths and the 2x6s cut to 8' and 4'. Each side of the bed is 2 2x6s tall. You could make the beds 3ft wide instead of 4ft, but don't go wider than that or it's hard to reach across the beds. Use 3" screws to fasten the boards to the 4x4s. You could nail it together, but screws will keep your beds together longer. Drill a pilot hole through the boards and into the 4x4s. It helps to do this with a partner.
You'll need to make a fence around your beds or the rabbits and dogs will make short work of your hard work!
Previously, I've used broken concrete pieces for raised beds. I suppose paving stones would work, too, but I've no experience with that.
Best of luck!
For my 1-foot raised beds I use 2"x12"x16' untreated lumber cut into raised bed boxes which are 4'x12'x12". I have four of them now in the back yard. For my 8-inch raised beds I also have two raised beds in the front yard using 2"x8"x16' untreated lumber cut into 4'x12'x8"
Hope that help!