Building a seedbed

August 21, 2010

Seedbed Frame

Seedbed Frame

So here was the problem! I had trays of seedlings sitting all over the yard, some sprouted, some not. They needed a place to live that was in light shade, had good drainage, and offered some protection from being stepped on or having a hose dragged over them. Last weekend, we built a seedbed.

I chose a spot on the north side of a short fence between us and the neighbor. We started by constructing a simple rectangle frame 4 ft. wide and 12 ft. long, using pressure-treated lumber. 2×6’s were used on the front and sides. I used a 2×8 on the back to make up for a slight slope

We assembled the frame using external wood screws–two per side.

Assembling in progress

Assembling in progress

Closeup of corner

Closeup of corner

There was a moment of anxiety when John discovered the edges weren’t matching up. I told him it was fine the way it was, but there was no way he was going to leave it like that!

My way

The "Ed Wood" Way (Mignonne's way). Not Acceptable!

John's way

John's way. Now. Isn't that better!

We put the frame in place, placed a layer of landscaper’s cloth on the bottom, and filled it with gravel. Voila!
Finished Seedbed

Finished Seedbed

Seedtrays in their new home

Seedtrays in their new home

Now my little seedlings have a place to live!

Bulging sides

Bulging sides

Two weeks later and oops! The sides are bulging. I guess all that gravel is pretty heavy. Dang it! We should have braced is with another 2×6. Well, that’s a project for another day.

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