Raised vegetable bed
I have 12' lengths of treated 6" lumber. do you have sketches of raised bed with widths and material necessary. I am 79 and now want a raised bed for my convenience and joy Help me decide the width, have the length, depth, stone, sand, topsoil etc that will make for a successful winter garden of veggies Thank you
The lengths of wood can be any size but we do not recommend treated lumber in a vegetable garden. You can use untreated pine and cedar is easy to work with and rot resistant. It would be helpful to view our Video on How To Build A Raised Bed for more information. http://extension.umd.edu/news/video/how-build-raised-bed
It is not recommended to put tiles and stones in the bottom of a bed to improve drainage. You should begin by looking at our Vegetable website and 'Preparing the Soil'. You need to add sources of organic matter which include compost, well-rotted manure, or leaf mold (composted leaves). Organic matter can be purchased in bulk or bags. You will have to look in your area for sources. D.http://extension.umd.edu/growit/food-gardening-101/step-3-prepare-your-soil
You can also call around to topsoil/mulch suppliers for commercially available mixtures of topsoil and leaf compost. This makes an excellent media for raised beds - blended topsoil (70%) and leaf compost (30%). Can be purchased by the cubic yard. Here is information on beginning your own home composting http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG%2035%20Backyard%2... Here is some information on Salad Tables and Salad Boxes http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG%20601%20Salad%20T... and our Vegetable Planting Calendar http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/not_updated/GE007_Ve...