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Old 03-04-2023, 10:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Building raised garden beds to outlast me

Here's a pic of some raised garden beds I built that I'm kind of proud of. Not for the craftsmanship at all but because I think it's a good, practical idea. They're really simple to build and the material is scrap cement siding that I found lying around. You won't find any expensive cedar wood that only lasts 10 years around here.

If you try to buy a similar raised garden bed at Home Depot or Lowe's, it will probably cost $80 or more from what I've seen.


1) Scavenge 4 cement siding boards around a home construction site. You're looking for about 2'-3' in length, I would say.

2) Cut the boards to length to make either a square or a rectangle.

3) Find a 3/8" masonry drill bit, drill, and a circular saw.

4) Use the drill bit and the circular saw to cut a slot, halfway down the end of each cement board. So you now have 2 slots in each board, one on each end. I know this isn't explained very well -- just google "Scandinavian Saddle" and you will get the idea.

5) Just fit the 4 boards together like a log cabin and you are done.

I hope you can see the attached image.

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Old 03-04-2023, 11:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not so easy to find such cement sidings here anymore, but the idea is good.
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Old 03-05-2023, 10:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is that Hardiback ?
I just noticed you are in Austin.
I put up bundles of that stuff at work.
A lot gets broken. Let me know if you ever need some at a discount.
My mom gave me a Greenstalk vertical garden.
Just filled it with dirt yesteday, actually.
I also notice you have a Leaf.
I'm growing more and more interested in those after finding out some have quick charging.

Anyways, back on topic !

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