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Old 03-24-2011, 07:10 PM   #1
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Building Raised Beds - but rocks!!!

I plan on building a couple of raised bed gardens once the ground thaws here.

At least one of the places has lots of rocks in the soil whichwill make it extremely difficult to put stakes as stabilizers/levellers for the wood.

Being hopeful here.. does anyone have any tips to help me remove some of the rocks so I can get some stakes in the ground.. that doesn't involve me on my hands and knees scratching up my hands lol. I even sometimes wonder if a shovel will not even do the job.

Or, do you have any suggestions that will require me NOT to put stakes???? I want it to stay put, and level.


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Old 03-24-2011, 07:46 PM   #2
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Have you considered straw bale gardening? I might give it a try this year.

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Old 03-24-2011, 09:55 PM   #3
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Use cement blocks. If you only stack them two-high and stagger how you position them (like normal brickwork is done) you don't need to stake them.

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Old 03-24-2011, 10:15 PM   #4
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Hmm.. this is for the front yard though.. is there an alternative with the sturdiness of cement blocks? Also I'm looking for something I won't have to redo each year.
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:12 AM   #5
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The raised bed in the background is not staked, the weight of the soil(2 tons) and the weight of the frame hold it in place.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-25-2011, 08:12 AM   #6
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Garden centers have decorative block. Might be too expensive, however. Even plain old blocks are $2+ around here.

But I don't think you need to stake. We did raised beds for our community garden and they are not staked. Those beds are made of recycled plastic, and they interlock at the corners.

Tell us more about how you are doing the beds.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:43 AM   #7
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We have raised beds and they are not staked. Some have been in place for 2 years now. Made of wood, with metal brackets in the corners. We live in a rocky poor soil area. Raised beds are the way to go.
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I used very old railroad ties....

but it would be easy to use hay bales end to end to create a wall for a raised bed. You could then fill the center with rotted manure, compost, topsoil, etc, and mulch with leaves and/or hay.
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I don't know if you have a Sam's Club card, but you can order these online. $52 isn't a bad price and that includes shipping. It's 42" x 84" x 8"

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