|Project by Todd Kersh||posted 04-15-2014 04:31 PM||801 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
Since the drainage on a red clay soil base is terrible, my wive’s vegetable garden demanded an above ground solution. The sides and ends were constructed of 1×6 weather proofed deck planks 8’ each. I used a lap joint and rebar at the corners to reinforce the construction and to keep the structure as tornado proof as I can (the rebar was 6 3’ lengths, pounded 2’ in the ground at corners and sides). The rebar was reinforced with weatherproofed 8’ edging timbers, roughly already rounded, about 3” in diameter. Since we need to protect the vegetables to come from our terrier and the occasional rabbit, chicken screen was added to the ends using framing made of cedar, and similar sliding frames were added to the sides to allow access. All the wood was off the shelf from Home Depot, and I used 1.5” deck screws to attach them. My biscuit joiner was used on the frames to connect the corners, and the chicken wire was stapled tot he frame with 3/8” staples.
We added 6” of appropriate dirt after I dug out the turf where we placed the garden frame. Since this is Oklahoma, we plan to buy a treated piece of 4×8 1/2” plywood , which can be quickly put over the top and secured with weights or a strap when hail threatens.
Tools used include my band saw for ripping, my overhead radial arm saw for crosscuts, the biscuit joiner for framing, and a shop staple gun. I also predrilled holes where I put in the deck screws to precent the wood from splitting.
-- Todd, http://lumberjocks.com/Sapo