Re: Building Raised Beds- How To Questions
I have three new ones that I am just finishing and filling with soil/compost, and I used black locust, which is in good supply here and can be bought rough hewn at a local mill. My old beds were from 2×12’s but this time I went with 2X10s.
To conserve on $$$ and materials I try to make waste nothing and make them in multiples or half-lengths of available sizes, so the length will be a multiple of 8 or 10 feet and the width a half of 8 or 10 (4 or 5, of course).
When a bed is more than 10 feet we install a cross-piece at that point to prevent bowing of the sides. And we use thick stakes at the corners and every so often down the sides for stability (like 2×2’s).
There are some pix of them (unfinished) in this recent slideshow on the blog: