The Green Box | Raised Garden Beds
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How to build "The Green Box" raised garden bed kits
The experienced gardener or the novice raised garden beds take the hassle out of horticulture. Planning a raised garden bed has never been easier and more rewarding. Building a raised garden with The Green Box post and wall system makes your gardening work a show piece.
Experienced gardeners use raised beds to overcome a long list of gardening challenges. There gardens become controlled experiments in plant parenthood and are well-suited to novices that want to start their own gardens.
You need to start with good soil to fill the raised bed. A customized soil-and-compost blend is the best soil that can be found at your local nursery supplier. Pick a location where there is good exposure to the sun to warm the beds, which allows more plant diversity and extends the growing season. Plants can be spaced closely together, so yields go up, water-use efficiency is maximized and weeds are crowded out. Finally, raising the soil level by 15 ½” as The Green Box does, reduces the back-bending effort needed for jobs such as planting, weeding and harvesting.
A raised beds built with The Green Box are more productive and attractive. The sides are durable and made of reinforced concrete panels by a company you can trust. Watering troughs or claw-foot tubs can work, but are not as useful or as beautiful.
To prepare the site, get rid of turf and weeds. Outline the bed dimensions on the ground with a line or string and then dig along the outline. Dig deep enough to bury panels about an inch or two. Raised beds are designed so water trickles down, eliminating most of the problem of poor drainage.
Adding a layer of coarse stone or pea gravel in the excavation or you can also install perforated drainage pipes in trenches under or around the bed, or just drill weep holes at the base of the sides. Likewise, if there is no turf between your beds, put down some landscape fabric and cover it with pavers or a layer of gravel to improve drainage—after running out in the rain for a fresh bell pepper, you'll appreciate the mud-free shoes. Doing this will add much needed oxygen to the roots.
Next, level the earth or gravel layer at the bottom of the bed, then put down a layer of weed-suppressing landscape fabric that extends to the outer edge of The Green Box walls. Now is also the time to think about pest control. The rich soil in a raised bed has worms and other delicacies that attract moles and gophers and moles relish young vegetable roots. To keep out burrowing pests I always recommend a bottom layer of hardware cloth of a steel or galvanized metal.
Build each wall and post separately paying attention to their alignment. The posts help hold the bed into place, but can also reduce the outward pressure that a full bed exerts on the frame, which can dislodge the panel sections after a single season. Placing them into concrete will hold them stable for many years. Place caps on with a concrete epoxy caulking. Post caps add a finishing touch and it provides a handy place to set down gardening tools while working or a seat to admire the fruits of your labor.
The Green Box is a concrete post, capstone and panel kit that fit together to build raised garden beds for a lifetime of organically safe gardening beauty. The Green box can also be used for concrete fences, yard features, terraced yards, dividers, and retaining walls