Steve Masley Consulting and Design
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JD Garden, Hillsborough traditional-deck

JD Garden, Hillsborough

The garden 3 weeks after planting, on a foggy day.

Photo by Steve Masley

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July 17, 2014
jpmullowney wrote:
How do you prevent the wood from rotting at the bottom of the planter?
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The beds are filled with a free-draining potting soil, and the wood at the bottom of the planters is not touching the wood of the deck, it's boosted up on 2" steel frames. This allows water to drain out of the bottom of the beds and through the deck boards onto the ground below. Air circulation between the planter and the deck allows it to partially dry between waterings.

The wood at the bottom of the planters will eventually rot out, but the spacers slow the process.
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Thanks so much for the reply and in-depth information. I really appreciate it!
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May 2, 2014
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Of course I'm concerned about ecology, I've been an organic gardener for 30 years. And as I said, I rely on client's contractors to build the beds and make them structurally sound. In my years in the business, I've learned which designs are problematic, and which designs are more durable, and I incorporate this knowledge in my design and material recommendations.

You can't tell much about the construction of the trellis from the photo I put up, so you don't know how I've modified it. In fact, I did put an extra hour of work into it, and as I said, I've had some in place, with minor repairs, for 4 or 5 years. With the shape they're in, they'll last at least another 5 years.

Trellises don't stay in the same place year after year, because you have to rotate crop families even in small gardens. So having a trellis bolted to the same place in a bed limits rotation and isn't ecologically sound. Sometimes, you don't want a trellis in the back, you want it in the front, to provide a cooler microclimate to shade cool-season vegetables. An in-bed trellis gives more flexibility than hardware-mounted external trellises. With your rolling planters, you can just change the crops you plant in that particular planter, but with a fixed bed, you have to rotate crops and their supports.

You're exaggerating on the durability of these materials, even the cheaper trellises I put in last years, not months. The drainage in my beds is perfect for vegetables, so they're not rotting out quickly. Even in 10-year-old beds, when I deep-dig and expose the bottom timbers, there's very little, if any, fungal etching, even along the seams of unlined beds.
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I think your raised beds are beautiful and they look very functional. It's hard to tell from the pic but are the black braces/frames metal? If so were they custom made for this project or prefab?
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9. Shelter vegetables from the windCold winds slow down growth considerably, therefore building some kind of shelter is essential for winter crops. Trellis or lattice screening is perfect as it filters the wind, but you can also use wind cloth or build your own temporary wind screen from demolition materials. A slower but long-lasting and very effective wind screening method is to plant a hedge.
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