Raising The Garden, Part II

by Josh on May 23, 2008 · 12 comments

in garden,Projects

Work on the raised garden bed continues, but isn’t finished yet. Since my last post, I have finished framing the fence rails and applied two coats of forest green solid color stain to all the new lumber. I have also begun to work on the soil improvement, though I haven’t done anything more than dump some composted manure in the middle of the garden because I needed to keep the dirt away from the wood while I was staining.

Garden Fence Stained

Perhaps tonight I will get to attach the chicken wire to the fence rails and finish the soil prep. Then all that remains is to build the gates and plant (finally!) the veggies.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

ranty May 23, 2008 at 5:54 pm

That is the most gorgeous vegetable bed I have EVER SEEN! Wow!


jennifer May 23, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Have to agree with Ranty… it’s positively a work of architectural beauty!


Sandy May 24, 2008 at 11:16 am

I agree with Ranty and Jennifer!


Josh May 27, 2008 at 9:01 am

Awww, shucks. Thanks everybody!


Ethan@OneProjectCloser May 27, 2008 at 11:10 am

Looks very nice. I’ve seen a few posts about raised garden recently. One points out that wood will decay over time and they used stone instead. Any thoughts?


fred May 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm



Timothy May 28, 2008 at 2:05 pm

The paint color and top posts are what really set this garden apart from others. Well done.


Josh May 28, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Thanks again, Fred & Timothy. And Ethan, you’re right about the decay issue. I used pressure treated lumber and further protected it with stain, but still the wood won’t last forever. However, lumber is much cheaper and easier to work with than stone or retaining wall blocks. Plus, if you want to fence the garden like I did, you’ll probably need lumber for that anyway, even if the garden bed is built up with stone. Good question.


Ethan@OneProjectCloser May 29, 2008 at 7:25 am

Good point about the lumber. The finished garden looks amazing. Very nice work.


Cassie @ the Ringls June 5, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I absolutely agree on that amazing green! My husband and I are starting our own garden and I hadn’t thought about closing it in with rails like this – it looks great and organized! You can never go wrong with a space looking purposeful and organized!


Josh June 16, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Thanks, Cassie! Good luck with your garden design.


Jan Petroff February 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

Love the cute rails also. Really good idea. I have a raised garden also and am always losing my my balance and stepping in the soil. This might idea might help!


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