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Outdoor raised cedar garden boxes

  • April 29, 2015

ryan.wojes
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What better anchor for a planned backyard patio oasis than a beautiful raised garden bed? These were assembled from rough sawn full-dimension 2x10 cedar planks, which were fastened together with heavy duty 4 1/2" HeadLok fasteners. Cedar is a naturally rot-resistant soft wood, and deck screws can be driven clear through the boards with a powerful impact driver. Instead of using washers to distribute the load, HeadLok fasteners come with a large flat head that sink into the wood for a neat appearance and strong hold. Aluminum cross bracing and generous stiffening boards (more 2x10 cedar spaced every 3-4') prevents the boxes from bowing outward from the thousands of pounds of soil and water. A base of pea gravel enhances drainage. Trellises add height for a sense of seclusion when sitting near the garden and offer support for a variety of climbing plants.

The overall design and natural beauty of the wood has garnered compliments from neighbors, and after adding a few yards of garden soil and some seedlings it is ready to yield bountiful fresh vegetables for the family. The total garden area is approximately 90 sqft, and the beds are raised 20-30" for ergonomics and root development.

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Outdoor raised cedar garden boxes

by ryan.wojes
Apr 29, 2015
Medium 4b5bfc81 7af8 4c3f 9eed 6d698793ebef

What better anchor for a planned backyard patio oasis than a beautiful raised garden bed? These were assembled from rough sawn full-dimension 2x10 cedar planks, which were fastened together with heavy duty 4 1/2" HeadLok fasteners. Cedar is a naturally rot-resistant soft wood, and deck screws can be driven clear through the boards with a powerful impact driver. Instead of using washers to distribute the load, HeadLok fasteners come with a large flat head that sink into the wood for a neat appearance and strong hold. Aluminum cross bracing and generous stiffening boards (more 2x10 cedar spaced every 3-4') prevents the boxes from bowing outward from the thousands of pounds of soil and water. A base of pea gravel enhances drainage. Trellises add height for a sense of seclusion when sitting near the garden and offer support for a variety of climbing plants. The overall design and natural beauty of the wood has garnered compliments from neighbors, and after adding a few yards of garden soil and some seedlings it is ready to yield bountiful fresh vegetables for the family. The total garden area is approximately 90 sqft, and the beds are raised 20-30" for ergonomics and root development.