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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 James at 4/30/11 10:22 AM
    • Your raised garden bed is exactly what I am looking for to start a vegetable garden with my grandson in the back yard of my suburban home in So. Cal. What type and how much garden soil do you recommend that Iorder to adequately fill two stacked 4’x6’ beds?
    • Soil building is really what gardening is all about, so you'll want to experiment and learn what works best in your region.

      You Farmstead beds will hold about 50 cubic feet of soil, and will be deep enough to grow just about any vegetables you want.

      For soil. I would start by seeing what is already available. If you have some 'dirt' in your yard , that can be the basis from which to build. If you go out any buy a big load of dirt, ask the vendor about it. Where did it come from? Is there any organic material in it?

      Fill your beds 2/3 to 3/4 with the basic soil, whether from your yard or from a supplier. Then assess if for aeration (is it light and fluffy, or is it heavy and sodden). You will likely want to add peat to lighten and help aerate it. You may have your soil tested for ph (it's a good idea but we have never done it ourselves), and most likely you will need to add some lime. Dolomite lime breaks down fast. You should invest in a sack of rock phosphate (it will last years) and add some of this vital element to your soil. Finally, for fertilizer, you can add some of your compost (if you have a composter), or something like composted steer manure or canola meal. (We use canola meal.) Once these additions have been added, let the bed mellow for a week or so before planting your seeds or starter seedlings. And finally, once the seedlings are established, I recommend adding mulch to ensure steady moist growing conditions and to reduce the need for weeding.

      It sounds like a lot of work and expense, but it is easier than I am making it sound. The amendments you buy will last a long time. Soon you will have garden waste from which to build compost and then you are independent of the need to buy fertilizers.

      Good luck!

      Greg
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  • From sarah at 5/11/11 12:26 PM
    • These look fantastic. We want to grow raspberries. Any experience or advice to give us about the viability of this in raised beds?

      Thanks.

      - Sarah
    • Raspberries will do well in raised beds. Raised beds also have the benefit of providing a solid frame on which to build a suppot for netting. You will likely want to net rasberries from the birds.
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  • From Dave at 6/2/11 5:13 PM
    • We have 2 ( 8' x 4' )planter boxes stacked and it is setting on unlevel ground. To bring the boxes level we used paver bricks like retaining wall around under and in the ground. Places were we have 3 level of pavers we use retaining wall glue, so they would not shift. I though I might need to glue pavers on the inside of the box to keep them from moving off the top bricks, or will just filling with dirt keep it from moving.

      Thanks
      Dave
    • The weight of the soil in the beds will keep them from moving. No problem.
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  • From Evan at 6/19/11 12:47 PM
    • I would like to stack a 4x4 box in the center of a 4x8 box to create a deep center box with two narrow, shallow boxes on either side. Will your boxes support this kind of setup? or are there any protruding edges etc that might make stacking them this way unstable?

      Thanks.
    • You can arrange the beds in the way you describe to get a "two-step" raised bed effect. It's a nice looking layout. You will have no problems at all with these beds. They will be planty stable without needing any modifications.
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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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  • 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 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 Tina at 3/16/12 1:30 PM
  • 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 Stephanie at 4/23/12 9:46 AM

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