I am wanting to start a new project and would like to build raised beds to grow both organic culinary and medicinal herbs. I have some scrap wood that I would like to use to build them. Does anyone have a favorite plan they use for this that would be something compatible with using scrap wood? I have never worked in raised beds before.
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I would make them 4 ft wide and as long as you have enough wood for. Your average arm reach is around 2 feet so more than 4 feet wide and you won't be able to reach the middle comfortably. Make sure it's not treated wood - shouldn't be colored green - as you don't want to grow anything edible in that. I have tried many kinds of garden beds and do find that the raised ones require more water. You might want to google hugelculture beds instead - I've been having really good luck with beds that are raised as mounds.
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I made a raised garden for veggies and herbs with scrap wood from the local hardware store. It's 4 foot by 4 foot. This year we're planting root veggies like beets, carrots, and radishes, along with our other favorites like corn, lettuce, and kale. We run a soaker hose through the bed to keep it from drying out too much. Not sure if you have squirrels or rabbits in your neighborhood, but if you do you might want to look into natural deterrents or maybe even fencing it off with some chicken wire to keep them out!