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Gardening projects primarily facilitating the gardening process.

I have now built a homemade greenhouse, seven 16' x 4' deep tilled raised beds, some crude cold frames, and shortly hope to build a very low cost rolling compost bin.  On the pages below I will be documenting these gardening projects hopefully saving you some time and money!

Our homemade greenhouse in winterA homemade, easy to build greenhouse

I cheated a bit on this one and purchased a kit for a 12' x 24' gothic arch greenhouse; but the kit only provides some basic parts, piping and plastic.  I had to purchase wood for framing and build the foundation as well.  I created the foundation on a moderately steep wet location.  I added a foundation drainage system to keep the greenhouse foundation dry.  We want to do winter gardening, so half the foundation is a topsoil blend while the other half is "1/2 minus" crushed stone allowing for drainage, but also supporting tables and other gardening equipment.  If you click on the link for the homemade greenhouse the page may be a little slow opening, there are several photos.  The available ready made buildings do seem to have pretty high prices.

Hemlock Raised Bed Garden WoodRaised bed gardens using 4" x 4" x 16' hemlock to save time

We now have seven soon to be eight 4' x 16' raised bed deep tilled garden planters.  Hemlock is the 3rd rot proof wood after cedar and redwood.  In my area I can buy a rough cut 4" x 4" x 16' piece of hemlock for about $9.00.  So for about $70 excluding soil I can have a very nice rot tolerant raised bed garden.  Here are two of the beds before our greenhouse was constructed to the right.

4 x 8 x 16 inch Concrete Cap Block Raised Bed PlantersRaised bed gardens using 4" x 8" x 16" concrete cap blocks

Well the hemlock beds above, that I built ten years ago, are rotting out.  I new it would happen, but they were very low cost.  This time I want something simple, sturdy, stable, ornamental, and would last forever.  Free stacked concrete block fits the bill, surrounded by modern ornamental treated lumber that has no contact with the garden bed or soil.  I will be building this, this year. 

Hope this helped,
Bob

Date created: 17 Mar 2004

Date revised: 10/22/2016

Topics: I have now built a homemade greenhouse, seven 16' x 4' deep tilled raised beds, some crude cold frames, and shortly hope to build a very low cost rolling compost bin.  On the pages below I will be documenting these gardening projects hopefully saving you some time and money!

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