How are your timber-framed veggie beds holding up? Mine, after more than a decade of faithful service, finally succumbed to the deteriorating effects of sun, rain, snow and ice. I recently tossed out the world-weary wood out and replaced it with new. But this time around, I did not build the beds myself. Instead, I bit the bullet and hired out the job to someone who actually possesses some carpentry skills! Meet the beds and the bed-builder in my latest action-packed video:
Thank you for watching! As mentioned, the new 8-feet by 4-feet beds are composed of rough-hewn (or “rough-cut”) hemlock, just as the old beds were. Hemlock is rot-resistant. The 2-feet by 8-feet beds that flank the central path are made of pine. The pine was replaced a few years ago, and is not currently in need of replacement. By this time next year the hemlock with display a lovely silver patina, just as the pine does now.
Also as mentioned, the beds are filled with equal parts top soil, sand, and composted manure. To insure continued fertility, most years I top off the beds with shredded leaves. As the leaves break down, they become “leaf mold” — the best soil amendment on the planet. Click here to read all about the benefits of leaf mold.
If you’d like to create a raised bed garden, please know that I have some helpful ideas for you! Click here for details.
Now back to my original question. How are your raised beds holding up? Are they due for replacement, just as those in my Kitchen Garden were? Talk to me in the comments field below. xKevin