Raised Bed Gardening? I Can Dig It!

And now, how to get started…

At The Highland Center, we decided to take the next step in the local foods movement and demonstrate growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers and how different parts of each plant can be used through demonstrations during the Farmers’ Market.  In order to get started, we needed a place to grow everything.  Our answer to that quandary was to build three raised bed near the Farmers’ Market Pavilion and use the construction of the beds themselves as a demonstration.

Take a look at the Constructing Raised Beds Handout to see how we built our raised beds and get an idea how to create plans to build your own raised bed at home.

Here’s the site we started with.

I cleared the sod and leveled the area for the frames.

Then the first level frame was “installed.”

Finally, we finished the construction during the Farmers’ Market and talked about the process to the Market customers.

A couple of questions that I was asked during the demonstration include:

1. What type of wood did we use?  It’s rough sawn, 2×8 Oak.

2. Where did we get the lumber?  Martin’s Native Lumber in Dayton, VA.

3. Where did we get the top soil? Steve Good of Good Excavating supplied the topsoil.

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