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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 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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