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Old June 6th, 2013, 08:41 AM   #1
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I am looking for ideas for the garden at my new house when I get back to mi. I want it to look nice and double as a sitting area that I can drink my coffee in the morning and relax in the evening with the ol' lady.

These are the must have features;
-raised beds approx 24" tall
-pavers between beds or at least pea stone
-sitting area incorporated into design
-possibly a small fire pit
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I have a couple of small, raised beds (8" tall by about 4' x 6') used for gardening and they work fine... no pictures though.

I always thought that if I were to ever re-do the landscaping and put in a larger patio in the backyard, or if I had a much larger backyard, having a bunch of raised beds 36" (maybe 2' x 3') high would make a nice barrier around a small seating area and fire pit.

I don't have anything useful to add but am also interested in pictures from other folks as well.
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I have a couple of small, raised beds (8" tall by about 4' x 6') used for gardening and they work fine... no pictures though.

I always thought that if I were to ever re-do the landscaping and put in a larger patio in the backyard, or if I had a much larger backyard, having a bunch of raised beds 36" (maybe 2' x 3') high would make a nice barrier around a small seating area and fire pit.

I don't have anything useful to add but am also interested in pictures from other folks as well.
I have a descent size back yard that is very sunny. I would like to incorporate some lattice to do beans and other climbing plants on and also give me some privacy from the neighbor behind me.
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Not mine but I'd sit in it and drink coffee :D
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made raised beds for spouse.

1st attempt was to make bed walls out of tufa. they lasted approx 4 years.

2nd attempt bought 2" x 10" x 16' pine used for joints.
after any cutting, painted with a 1/2x1/2 mix of melted canning wax and kerosine. kero is the vehicle to get the wax onto and into the wood. going on 4th growing season and showing no signs of moisture damage or rot.
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made raised beds for spouse.

1st attempt was to make bed walls out of tufa. they lasted approx 4 years.

2nd attempt bought 2" x 10" x 16' pine used for joints.
after any cutting, painted with a 1/2x1/2 mix of melted canning wax and kerosine. kero is the vehicle to get the wax onto and into the wood. going on 4th growing season and showing no signs of moisture damage or rot.
I was thinking about using rough cut 8x8's. there is a sawmill down the road I can get them for pretty cheap. I figured those would last for a long time.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 10:23 AM   #9
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I was thinking about using rough cut 8x8's. there is a sawmill down the road I can get them for pretty cheap. I figured those would last for a long time.
each bed made with an 8 inch thick wall consumes 16 inches of potential growing area. and regardless of thickness, i believe you are going to want to get some type of water proofing whether it's plastic bag material, wax or something else but obviously not commercially treated lumber
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Not raised but here's what we have coffee beside.



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each bed made with an 8 inch thick wall consumes 16 inches of potential growing area. and regardless of thickness, i believe you are going to want to get some type of water proofing whether it's plastic bag material, wax or something else but obviously not commercially treated lumber
I'm not worried about space, I live in the country and have a big back yard. I can get 16' long ones for around $12.

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That is awesome! Someday I would love to have something like that!
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Hmmmmm, you may be on to something...
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That is awesome! Someday I would love to have something like that!
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It's hard to see but in the second pic, on the top right there is a flat rock. That actually has water flowing out from under the rock as if it's a natural spring. Ponds are a lot of work. We've thought of filling it in more than once.
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24" tall is a lot of work to keep watered.

16" or so is ideal, with a flat edge, so you can sit on it while gardening. 12" off the ground is a bit of a nuisance to get up from.

Commercially treated lumber leaches crap, especially copper treated wood or rail road cross ties. So, if you're going to eat anything from them that is a bad idea. Oiled wood, rot resistant wood (including white oak), or oil-based painted wood is the way to go. Or, what I'm going to do from now on is use landscape concrete blocks.
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Jim that is a very nice set up!
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