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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 type of garden.

Strong and functional

Made from untreated white cedar, a naturally rot-resistant wood. 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 durable black locust wood.

No chemical wood preservatives

Unlike pressure-treated lumber, there are no harmful chemicals to leach into your soil. Since wood is not sanded or treated, Farmstead raised beds have an unfinished rustic quality. For naturally finished wood you can use our Eco Wood Treatment - 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.

Inside Dimensions:

Use interior dimensions to calculate total 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.)

Tool-free 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 (pegs are packed in mortise slots - unwrap wooden boards and you will find them stored inside).

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 12 inches to clear any rocks. Fill with a soil mixture to suit your plants and your garden is ready to go!

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Material Vermont White Cedar
Board Thickness 1.25"
Dimensions Available in 9 sizes (all kits have 8" high boards)
Inside Dimensions Listed in product details
Key Feature Easy to assemble, classic mortise & tenon raised bed kits
Assembly TIme 10 Minutes
Origin Made in the U.S.A.

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  • From Phillip at 6/17/10 8:02 PM
    • Can you stack the frames 3 high? My mother is in a wheelchair and I think that would be more accessible. Thank you
    • Absolutely. These are quite sturdy beds and can be stacked three or even four levels high without bowing out.
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  • From Sergio at 6/25/10 9:58 AM
    • Can these raised beds be installed on solid ground like concrete, and if so, what would be used as a bottom?.
      Thank you.
    • Yes, the Farmstead raised bed can be set up on concrete.

      All raised beds (not planters) are open-bottomed. So in your case, the concrete will be the bottom. The disadvantage however, is that the roots of your plants will have a limited depth, unlike raised beds that are placed on earth. You can correct this by adding height to your beds, and the Farmstead beds are designed to be stack-able for this reason.

      You could lay a double layer of landscape cloth on the bottom, and this may help limit the staining of the concrete by moisture draining through the soil. Also, it would be preferable if there was drainage provided. If you live in a wet climate you may consider drilling some small holes, about 1/4" wide, along the base of the lower part of the bed sides, just at ground level.

      I suggest you put a level to the concrete before assembling the bed to see if there is a grade. If so, you will only want to drill holes (if at all) on the down-grade side.
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  • From Dorothy Brandt at 7/11/10 12:39 PM
    • how high is the gardening bed that a person would be working? I have arthritis and would not be able to bend very far.
    • Raised beds for vegetable gardens are commonly 10" - 12" deep. Because the bottom is open, the roots can go as deep as needed into the ground.

      Raised beds can be stacked for additional height, and heights between 24" - 36" can be convenient for gardeners who have difficulty bending over. Rooting activity for most vegetables will occur within the top 24" of soil. When filling a deep bed with soil, save the best soil for the top 12".
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  • From Jane Thomas at 7/12/10 6:39 AM
    • What is the estimated life span of the Farmstead Raised Garden Beds?
    • Depending on the climate, 10 -15 years is an average lifespan.
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  • From Larry Gurewitz at 7/13/10 1:19 PM
    • We want a raised garden bed that will sit on soil but tree roots are not too far down. What should we lay upon the soil. What would be a good average height to plant flowers, vegetables to give us the most flexibility, since there will not be roots going through the ground.
    • The shielding needed for the tree roots depends on the depth of the roots and how aggressive they are, You may need something like square pavers which the roots cannot penetrate. The shielding material should be permeable so your beds drain well.

      As for bed height, 10" - 16" will give the depth needed for most vegetables and flowers, with root crops needing the deeper soil. If you use the Farmstead beds, stack them two deep or more to allow a good range of planting options.
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  • From pam at 7/13/10 3:17 PM
    • We had a beautiful cedar ghost fence installed a few weeks ago, and we wondered if we could purchase only 3 sides of a farmstead bed, using the fence as the fourth side. We would protect it the fence from the dirt, of course, and would want to stack at least 3-4 frames high. Would the fence be greatly stressed by this configuration? We would be planning an L- shaped bed, approximately 24 feet by 30 feet, length-wise. We also would need about a 4-5 foot width, as some plants will be permanent towards the backs of the frames. Thanks for answering our questions.
    • The Farmstead bed, like most raised beds, is built as a 'box'. It requires the four sides for structural integrity. My recommendation is to use four sides, but you can go with three sides if you secure it well to your fence. Remember that the taller the bed, the greater the weight of the soil, especially after a rain. The mortise & tenon fastening system is very strong and can hold this weight easily, but if you leave out one side and fasten the bed to your fence, you'll want to use screws or bolts and attach to a cleat on your fence; nails will work loose.

      When deciding bed width, we usually recommend staying within 4 feet so you can reach the back (for weeding and harvesting) without having to step on the bed.

      If you are interested in buying just the three sides, please use the contact email or toll free phone to reach Ben, he will help you out.
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  • From Betty Grammer at 9/24/10 8:31 PM
    • I have a long flower bed that is 36 ft. long and 4 ft wide. Can I use the Farmstead style raised bed materials to make a raised bed of those dimensions? If so, how many sets would I need, and how would they need to be supported along the sides so they don't bow out?
    • Depending on the height of the raised bed, you would want cross support every 6 to 8 feet in length to prevent bowing.
      The Farmstead has a mortise & tenon fastening which has the interlocking pieces extending a few inches out the front, back and sides of the beds. The beds would sit flush to each other in the front for a continuous run as you describe, but where they meet, side to side, there would be a lot of wasted space. It would require a modification in the design. If you want to have us forward your question to the manufacturer, please email ben <at>eartheasy.com
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  • From gabriella busolin at 2/16/11 7:03 PM
    • How can I stop the roots of a red wood tree in my yard from invading my raised garden bed? the weed shielding material do not work as the roots poke right through it and form a solid net.! Please help.

      thanks
    • Hi Gabriella,

      We've had lots of experience with this problem, too. Over the years we tried groundcloths and mesh, but the roots were unstoppable. Your redwood tree is probably a vigorous grower.

      You need to dig down along the side of the beds which the roots are coming from. You'll find the main leader roots, and can cut them. If you do this before planting a crop then most of your fertilizer will go to your plants instead of the tree. This does disturb the soil, however, and is labor intensive. And has to be repeated as the roots return.

      In one garden, I dug a narrow trench about 3' deep in a line to protect the beds from the roots. Digging the trench cut the roots, then I slipped down. on edge, 3' x 4' sheets of HDPE plastic. which I got at a recycling center. I put it down two sheets thick, then filled the trench back in. This made a permanent (hopefully) root barrier under the soil.

      Good luck with your project!

      Greg
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  • From Charles Feltman at 2/27/11 5:22 PM
    • Please advise shipping weights for your three large beds, one layer each and the Additional cost to Northern California for shipping same, as opposed to the free shipping offered for the smaller beds - Thanks.
    • Shipping for all Farmstead Raised Garden Beds is FREE, regardless of which size bed or shipping destination.
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  • From Linda Edwards at 3/2/11 2:21 PM
    • Would the sides bow on the 8' board if stacked by 3?
    • The board thickness for the Farmstead bed is 1.25". The wood is Vermont White Cedar, which is close grained. The combination of the thickness and wood type discourages bowing in 8' length spans. However, as the height of your bed increases, the chance of bowing increases. But at three boards high, I think you will have no problem with bowing.

      If you are using the bed to grow vegetables, the soil should be relatively light and 'fluffy', which is not going to bow the sides. If you let the beds get overwatered, they will be heavier and force additional pressure on the sides. But if this happens (which I do not expect), you can dig back the soil a bit, then reverse the board so any bow faces inward, then rake the soil back into place.
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Ready to order more

By pafa on 10/15/13

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I bought two of these last spring. They arrived quickly and were so simple to assemble. So happy to have something to replace my old, rather ugly, plastic raised beds. I will definitely be ordering more to stack on top of the existing ones for taller raised beds. Thank you for this simple, elegant and attractive solution.

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Love this Design!

By BabylonBeachGardener on 5/31/13

I bought these last year. Shipping was quick. I was worried they'd be heavy to move from the front porch but the cedar is very light weight. I laid the pieces out in the garden (two 4x8 & one 4X4 beds). It took me literally 5 minutes to assemble each one. In 15 minutes, I had a nice sized raised bed garden. I lined the bottom of them with cardboard and landscape fabric & filled with a mixture of compost, top soil & manure. I've been growing veggies in them and they are holding up well now in the second year. I plan to buy a few more next year to expand my garden. I may also stack some to give more depth.
I've already recommended these to several people and my neighbors have complimented me on the way they look.
The size isn't exactly 4X4 or 4X8. This can cause somewhat of a wrench in your plans if you are a rigid square foot gardener. I'm more of a flexible zen-type gardener.
I've fit 4 tomatoes & 4 peppers in one of the 4X8s. I have two rows of lettuce and two rows of bush beans in the other. I currently have asparagus growing in the 4X4. So, they're off by several inches. My plants haven't seemed to notice.

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Perfect in every way

By lynn on 5/21/13

These beds are perfect for my vegetable gardens. I have one stacked on another and the height is very comfortable to work with. I had ordered beds from another company and they never shipped - I was desperate because my tomatoes were over a foot tall! I found these beds online and am so happy I got these instead of the others! Customer service (Sarah) was right on top of my concerns and shipped out to me immediate. Thank you.

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Perfect

By Arietta on 4/14/13

These beds are simple and perfect. I currently have 6 of them (which I purchased last year) and highly recommend them to all.

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excellent

By green thumb on 3/11/13

Yes, you are going to loose some space on the interior for planting but this is sooo easy to put together. My husband doesn't build and I put these together myself in about 5 minutes. Couldn't have been easier. Now I've got lettuces. 2x6 is a little smaller then I thought so I'm going to buy another

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Simple, easy to assemble

By Wendy on 8/7/12

These garden beds are simple, easy to install, and very sturdy. Great for the price!

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Strong, excellent quality

By Cheri on 4/21/12

Thank you to Eartheasy for the Farmstead, an excellent product, excellent price, and excellent customer service!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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I will be placing two more next year

By jean nielson on 4/16/12

So easy to install, I was worried because I was placing another on the first to make 18 inches high, but it was just marvelous how they fit and are stable with the soil placed! Such a cool design ...those 1700 ancestors knew what they were doing, and no metal or screws! Mine are 4x8 feet.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Easy to assemble

By Susan on 3/25/12

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Got our raised beds took 5 minutes to assembly. We added double chicken wire on bottom to keep out the moles. Just ordered 4 more. They look so good!!!!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Love the concept!

By New to organic gardening on 3/24/12

I utilized the layout of my garden bed from excellent and knowledgeable suggestions from this website. I selected the farmstead style as I wanted to refurbish my large beds with compost, soil, nutrients, etc. each year. In My first year I placed my cubic feet of compost/soil down first and then placed my beds around the soil. Now I simply dissassembled the boards, pay someone to till them ( at less cost due to the ease of tilling) and reassemble them and adding the soil. (I should note that I have 22 beds.) My quote prices for tilling went way down when I mention the non-interference of boards.
I hope this helps someone.
By the way, I love the idea of using a 17th century invention and that it includes no hardware. I receive many positives comments which allows me to direct them to this website so that they can learn great information about sustainable methods of living. (just as I did and enjoyed myself while doing so)

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Ready for this Year!

By happy gardening on 3/21/12

I ended up with these beds last year after I returned the frame-it-all formaldehyde beds and I must say they were all I needed and more and now after being filled with dirt and covered with leaves all winter here in PA we're ready for this year! The beds were ez to assemble (I was 8 mths pregnant when I got them and had NO PROBLEM, up in 5 mins)
They were ample beds and I am so pleased that I will be adding 2 more to the two I already have(maybe 3, :-)

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Box is smaller than advertised

By Jill on 5/1/11

We bought our boxes when they were on sale. Just set them up in hopes of doing square foot gardening. Not so great. True size limits "square feet" and makes it hard to set up the grid. Wish they were true to size since they are a snap to put together.

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A great choice for new garden bedders!

By 6k7k8k9k on 4/25/11

Awesome!

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Not the size as advertised

By Nancy on 4/17/11

I ordered the 4x4 which actually has inside dimensions of 3x3.

I was ticked off because I was ready to plant my garden today, which I'd planned based on 4x4. I didn't see the interior dimensions, down at the bottom of the page. I don't think they should advertise this as a 4x4 bed when it's only 3x3, really.

Not sure what I'm going to do -- I guess I have to find a real 4x4, or I'm stuck with this one and have to plant a smaller garden than I had planned. Either way, I'm disappointed. And I have to spend more $$ than planned--and get another bed.

Well, I hope this isn't an omen for my garden this year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Not sure

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loving it

By Janice on 4/10/11

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Haven't planted yet but love the whole concept. It arrived quickly, was sitting on the porch, friends walked by with their dogs, they were curious, we 4 adults spent about 5 minutes and got the first one set, then the second on top, dumped in a couple bags of bagged up leaves to start filling. Too much fun! Would be really easy for a handy capable person to make but for we who are not able, the kit is perfect!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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The perfect garden bed

By Rosemary on 3/4/11

I've used these beds now for a full year. They were easy to set up, attractive in use, provide a good area for the plants and make it easy to tent with plastic or cloth. They have weathered well and are holding up great. I'm ordering more.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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easy to take apart

By Leah M on 1/19/11

My husband is in the service and we move every few years. Last month he took our beds apart and it was easy to move them and reassemble. I want to make them higher now so am getting more to stack. Good product thanks!

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the corners stay together!

By Zoey on 11/24/10

We have been making our our own beds for years but over time the corners always seem to work open. The the dirt slides out. We put in rocks to block the dirt but eventually the weak corners make one of the sides falls down and you can't put it back up without some shovelling and disturbing the bed. We decided to try one of these beds because it would save us work in the long run. The mortise-tenon concept is very traditional, and for good reason - it works. It is very satisfying to not have to look at the open corners anymore! Now we are going to convert the other three beds to the same design.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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good but watch the pokey corners

By Gwen and Gary O. on 11/17/10

We have used our raised beds all summer and are happy gardeners. These beds couldn't be easier to assemble. I am getting two more, so this says it all. But here is one thing - when you drag the hose around it sometimes gets caught on the wood corner parts that stick out. It's annoying to walk back to lift it free. I have figured out a way to work around this by going slower and letting the hose stay on the ground where it slides under the wood tenon. This slows me down a bit but the good thing is that these pokey corners keep the hose fronm riding up the sides and then onto the bed where it can damage the plants.
Just a note to future users. Enjoy your beds!

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Excellent

By Anna on 11/16/10

I received my bed yesterday and put them together in 15 minutes on my own. I love them.
I will be ordering more in spring.
Excellent product.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Simple and Effective

By Brad on 11/16/10

These beds are very simple and effective. They assemble in minutes and are quite sturdy.

The only thing to be aware of is that the pegs are stored in the mortise area of the boards when shipped. I thought they had forgot to ship me the pegs, but in fact they were there all along!

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solid

By rickster on 11/15/10

Got my beds. man they are solid. Thicker and heavier wood than I expected. Looking forward to bringing order to my garden! Thanks

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Very convenient raised beds

By Crystal on 7/9/10

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I bought the 4' x 8' x 8" after making four 4' x 4' beds myself. I put this bed together in less than 5 minutes in the dark, while making them myself took about 2 hours per bed. The lumber comes without any wrapping (no waste!) and is very light and easy to move around. This really couldn't be simpler or more convenient.

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