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Farmstead Raised Garden Bed

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An elegant age-old design for raised garden beds. Farmstead garden beds are hand crafted from Vermont White Cedar, which will last for many years and weather to a soft silver grey. For taller beds, order two or more kits of the same size and stack them. Measured from tips of corners, interior dimensions smaller. read more

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Farmstead raised garden beds are based on a 17th century design and handcrafted from Vermont White Cedar. These raised beds are perfect for growing vegetables and flowers, and the versatile design suits any landscape.

Strong and functional

Lumber is custom sawed to a thickness of 1¼ inches for greater strength and longer life. With cedar slot and peg design these raised beds cannot pull apart, as may happen with beds that are nailed or screwed together. Pegs are made from black locust wood. Wood is not sanded or treated, so it has an unfinished rustic quality.

No chemical wood preservatives

Unlike pressure-treated lumber, there are no harmful chemicals to leach into your soil. If you want to treat wood naturally, we recommend Eco Wood Treatment - a non-toxic, mineral-based formula safe for vegetable gardens.

Stack them higher and save your back

Wooden boards are 8 inches deep, which positions the garden 8 inches above the ground. They can be stacked 2, 3, or 4 high for raised beds that are 16", 24", or 32" high. For example, if you want a 16" high raised bed just purchase two kits of the same size and stack them.

Q: When stacking the Farmstead raised garden beds, what holds them together?

A: The weight of the soil within the beds holds them in place on top of each other and it will keep them from shifting if on level ground. Although it is not necessary, it is easy to bracket the beds together with some inexpensive hardware or wood from a local store.

Interior Dimensions:

Use interior measurements to calculate planting area

  • 2’ W x 4’ L = 1¼ x 3¼ ft. (4.1 sq. ft.)
  • 2’ W x 6’ L = 1¼ x 5¼ ft. (6.6 sq. ft.)
  • 2’ W x 8’ L = 1¼ x 7¼ ft. (9.1 sq. ft.)
  • 3’ W x 3’ L = 2¼ x 2¼ ft. (5.1 sq. ft.)
  • 3’ W x 5’ L = 2¼ x 4¼ ft. (9.6 sq. ft.)
  • 3’ W x 8’ L = 2¼ x 7¼ ft. (16.3 sq. ft.)
  • 4’ W x 4’ L = 3¼ x 3¼ ft. (10.6 sq. ft.)
  • 4’ W x 6’ L = 3¼ x 5¼ ft. (17.1 sq. ft.)
  • 4’ W x 8’ L = 3¼ x 7¼ ft. (23.6 sq. ft.)

Assembly:

Watch our video on the left! It takes less than five minutes to assemble these raised beds. No tools are required. Simply slip the end of one board through the slot of the other and secure with provided wooden pegs.

Raised beds can be placed directly on sod, lawn, or even a weedy patch. Once the bed is filled with soil, any weeds underneath will soon form a composted base. For best results, you may want to dig down a few inches to clear any large rocks. Fill with soil and your garden is ready to go!

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Additional Information

Material Vermont White Cedar
Board Thickness 1.25"
Planting Depth 8"
Key Feature Easy to assemble, mortise and tenon raised garden beds
Assembly TIme 10 Minutes
Origin Made in the U.S.A.

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  • From Brenda at 2/22/14 3:35 PM
    • I have a bad back and cannot bend. I'm looking for something that will fit my garden. I currently have 3x6 and 12' . I would like something about the some size but not the same height. Will stacking 4 of these be a good height?
      Thanks!
    • Stacking 4 of the Farmstead Raised Garden Beds will give you a height of 32", which is very back-friendly for most gardening tasks. However, another consideration is whether you use a wheelbarrow. If so, it's convenient to have the beds the same height as the top of the wheelbarrow, which may be closer to 24", or three boards high.. Then there's no lifting, you just shift over things like bags of manure, half bales of peat and buckets of compost.
      Either the 3 or the 4 board Farmstead beds would work for you. You can always start with 3 then add another row if you need it.
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  • From Joe Lojacono at 3/6/13 10:31 PM
    • I want to plant my raised bed on the grass in my backyard. I plan to grow tomatoes. Do I need to dig up the grass first or can I lay the boards right on the grass? What height do you recommend for tomatoes?
    • We recommend breaking up the sod with a spade to make it easier for your vegetable roots to access the soil beneath the bed. No need to pull the grass since the added soil will smother it.
      Tomatoes are deep rooting, requiring a minimum of 12" of soil. You can have an 8" bed and still grow deep rooted vegetables assuming there is decent soil beneath the bed.
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  • From Una at 7/28/12 12:08 PM
    • When is a good time of year to install these?
    • You can install the bed now if you want to plant a fall or overwinter crop. If you do not plan to garden until next spring, then you may as well wait until a month before planting to install the bed. The reason you install the bed a month before planting is to give the soil and its varied amendments (peat, lime, rock phosphate, compost ....) some time to mellow before planting.
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  • From Karen H. at 4/27/12 10:05 AM
    • I would like to not have to dig up some very old tough sod before building this raised bed garden. Is it okay to just lay down weed cloth and then build and add dirt?
    • You can set the bed on untilled sod if you prefer. But we recommend that you at least pierce the sod with a pitchfork to provide additional aeration and improve drainage. We do not recommend putting weed cloth beneath the bed since this will restrict soil access for the roots of your crops.
      If you have a problems with moles, then an underlay of 1/2" galvanized mesh is advised.
      We like to double-dig the soil beneath a bed since this clears and rocks or debris, aerates the soil, and lets you know the nature of the soil beneath. Also, the roots of your crops will send runners down to access trace minerals and available nutrients in the soil beneath the bed.
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  • From Stephanie at 4/23/12 9:46 AM
  • From lauri nevaril at 3/29/12 11:11 AM
    • i just ordered and got my beds do i need to treat them with any wood protector
    • No, a protective finish is not needed for the Farmstead beds. The wood is cedar which is naturally rot resistant. Over time the wood color will fade to sliver-grey. but this does not affect the wood quality or characteristics. If you want to retain the original color, then you can apply a nontoxic finish such as tung oil.
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  • From Tina at 3/16/12 1:30 PM
  • From Jeff at 3/9/12 9:30 AM
    • Hi,
      I just ordered two 4 x 8 beds that I'm going to stack. How much soil is needed to fill this in quarts?
    • Two stacked 4' x 8' beds are 16" deep. The inside dimensions are smaller because the board length includes the end mortises. This size bed will hold 31.12 cubic feet of soil, which is 800 quarts.
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  • From Peg Zimmer at 10/5/11 9:02 AM
    • Can this wood be stained? If so, how often do you think I would need to restain.?
    • Yes, the cedar used for the Farmstead can be stained.
      Depending on the climate in your region, you may want to restain once per year, or every second year.
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  • From Gabrielle Wolfsberger at 7/7/11 5:54 AM
    • The naysayers around me say that the wood will rot.

      How many years until the wood rots and the bed desintegrate?
    • The Farmstead raised beds are made of Vermont white cedar which is a naturally rot resistant wood. Of the various types of cedar, Vermont white cedar is one of the toughest, which is why the mortise/tenon joinery holds up so well.

      How long the wood will last varies with the local climate, but I think it is realistic to expect 15 years from these beds. In our "Question & Answer" section we say 10 - 15 years to be on the safe side, but I have cedar beds in my garden that are over 15 years old and still in use.

      Greg
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