From Seed to Garden: Claire & Aman's Raised Bed, Part 2

From Seed to Garden: Claire & Aman's Raised Bed, Part 2

Amber Byfield
Mar 17, 2010

Today we're bringing you part 2 of Claire and Aman's gardening adventure: schematics. (You can get a refresher on Part 1 here.) The pair wanted to create a dimensional raised bed—not just your average rectangle or square. They also wanted to make the most of their outside corner. Here's what they dreamed up.

Even the one-dimensional version is interesting: the plan was to fully utilize the corner and maximize planting area. This corner of their lot happens to get the most sun, too. They did extensive Googling to make sure they'd be making only the smartest moves, and then added their own touch of aesthetic.

The different colors in the rough-drawn schematic indicate heights. The darkest green is about one foot tall, the medium green 18 inches tall, and the light green square in the middle stands a proud two feet tall. This adds to the design interest, to be sure; but it also gives four distinct beds to grow in, all which are easily accessible.

If you're at all interested in building your own bed, we can't recommend schematics enough. Draw it down to the inch—this will help you as you start cutting wood, digging up dirt, and even planting your seedlings.

Stay tuned, because Part 3 involves lots of cedar planks, an unbelievable mound of compost, and a drainage pipe that's wearing a tube sock.

For more, check out From Seed to Garden: Claire & Aman's Raised Bed, Part 1.

(Images: Claire Tyler, used with permission)

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