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Posted by Martin Korndoerfer over 11 years ago

Raised bed construction. The decision for raised beds was mainly made to avoid waterlogged soil.

In the construction of the raised beds i followed the basic method. Four 80 cm stakes for the corners and tongue and groove boards. These boards were the very cheapest i could find at the hardware store, but still - they cost me ~70 Euros. Unfortunately i couldn't find any old boards that i could have salvaged and i wasn't sure where to start looking. Any suggestions anyone?

The final dimensions of the beds are 1.50m x 2.0m, which gives me a total of 12 sqm of growing area. a bit more if i plant along the outside edges and get in plants that grow and hang over the sides.

I started by digging trenches for excess water to be able to drain (Hamburg is rather wet). Then i drove in the stakes, leaving 40 cm showing above ground. Screw on boards - finished. The material from trench digging (grass and soil) i dropped top-down into the bed and covered it with newspaper. Then i put down a layer of rougher sticks and topped it off with some good soil/aged compost. The whole area is teeming with earthworms and arthropods and the soil is black and relatively loose. I have great expectations for the next growing season although there are many types of snails around, so i fear for my lettuces...


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Ute Bohnsack
Ute Bohnsack : The beds look great. Would Hamburg not have a recycling center where you could get scrap wood? Or keep an eye out for skips outside of houses with ongoing renovations (though you never know what the wood coming out of houses has been treated with).
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