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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 Meghan at 4/1/11 7:45 AM
    • I just had 5 of the 4x8x8's delivered and I cant wait to try them this weekend. What I did notice in the video was that you had a few hens. I have 2 questions about gardens + chickens. 1) Whats the best way that you found to keep your chickens out of the raised beds? 2) Do you have any tips for composting their droppings? I have a bin full off straw and droppings that just will not breakdown properly.
    • Hi Meghan,
      We used to let the chickens into the vegetable garden in early spring where they would go onto the beds and pull any weed sprouts, and their droppings would benefit the garden soil. (Chickens don't eat slugs, unfortunately.) We don't do this anymore since they also disturb over-wintered crop beds like garlic and brassicas.

      Most people keep chickens in fenced runs. We let them range into the woods, so the garden fence has to be secure enough to keep out the chickens. This is pretty easy. I put up a simple fence made of fish net to keep the chickens from the vegetable beds.

      We value the dropppings highly! I keep a separate 'compost' just for the old straw with droppings. Fresh chicken manure is hot and needs time to mellow before using in the garden. We might let it sit 6 months or longer before using, or else we put it into developing bed which we don't intend to plant for a while. When left in a pile, we keep it covered with black plastic sheeting, which is removed occasionally so the pile can be watered. Some of the droppings are added to oour regular compost as an activator.
      Greg
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  • From Sue K at 3/28/11 8:14 PM
    • I am concerned that there is no buried stakes or other support to keep them in place. Also no verticals to keep them stacked square on top of each other. Can you explain how they stay put an d not shift?
    • Once the beds are filled, the weight of the soil is adequate to hold the sides of the stacked beds in place and aligned. And the soil weight increases once it's been watered.
      We used to suggest driving a stake down the inside wall of each of the sides, before filling with dirt. However, this is not necessary.
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  • From Jeffrey Lemkin at 3/28/11 11:27 AM
    • These look lovely! I have two questions:

      1) Are they available in 10' lengths, as 4x10 - or just the 8?

      2) When you stack one atop the other, what keeps them together? Is there any problem with, say, the top bed shifting or otherwise changing position?

      Cheers

      -Jeff
    • Hi Jeff,

      The Farmstead Raised Garden Beds are not available in 10' lengths. They are only available in the maximum length of 8'.

      When stacking the Farmstead beds to gain additional bed height, the soil will keep the added bed from shifting. We used to suggest to customers that they could drive a stake on the inside of each bed sidewall to prevent shifting, but this is not really necessary. The weight of the soil is adequate to prevent shifting of the sides of the bed.

      Greg
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  • From Debra Hensley at 3/6/11 7:32 AM
  • 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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  • 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 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 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 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 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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