Step 3 Raised Bed Planting
After reading everything I could about the pluses and minuses of each growing scenario, I decided on a raised bed. Problem was how big I wanted to make the raised bed. I found a guy who was a farmer and built a raised bed 2' tall from corrugated sheet metal and used oil sucker rods to support the sides. I loved the idea, but the more I looked into it the more I found it was not cost effective for us. Finding sucker rods in NC is not possible and to ship them here was out of this world. This fellow lived in Oklahoma and a sucker rod is cheap there. I knew re-bar would not work, and he concurred it was too much weight and the re-bar would bend from all the weight. Oh well, on to the next idea. Back to treated lumber as the framework. So, I worked it to less than $120 for materials to frame the garden to make the raised bed...back on cost track again. So, I decided on doing treated wood. So off to Lowe's I went to buy $100 worth of lumber. I got 6 pieces of 2X8X16 for the sides and several 2X4X8 for side anchors and connected the 16' pieces together on my 32' sides. The whole garden is 8' X 32' and 8" deep. So, I leveled it all out and got some string to layout my guide lines, so it ended up straight. I must say it came out perfect. I divided the garden into 3 parts and put 2 extra 2 X 8 through the middle, so I could put a plank in there and walk across without packing down the soil when it comes time to harvest and for pulling weeds.
We ended up getting way too many plants or so we thought. After a few days, we figured that out some of those measurements were over exaggerated on the spacing they recommended. Too late now. They were in the ground. We put the rest of them in other pots, and some in a rain barrel I split in half. Live and learn.