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Cedar Raised Bed Garden Frame
Item #: 4' x 8' Red Cedar Garden Bed Frame
To Purchase Our Red Cedar Beds Please Click HERE.
Constructed from Western Red Cedar sustainably harvested in the Pacific Northwest, our Cedar Raised Beds have an authentic natural beauty. The Red Cedar used in our raised beds is the same wood used in the production of cedar furniture. A team of woodworkers crafts each garden bed by hand ensuring eye-catching aesthetics and optimal structural integrity. They are built to last many years, not fall apart and have you buying new ones in a few years.
Our Red Cedar Raised Beds are easy to assemble right out of the box. They are pre-fitted with the patented EZ-Grow-It stainless steel connection system, allowing for an easy tool-less assembly and seamless finish. The slotted connectors mean their are no cuts into the wood and their is no screwing to do during assembly. The design also addresses the issue of joint separation and bowing of frames due to force of all the soil inside the frames. Simply use a rubber mallet to make the connections snug and assemble on a flat surface such as a garage floor or driveway area and then just carry to the site location - it couldn't be easier. Watch our video here:
The only labor intensive work to be aware of with any of our raised bed DIY projects is moving the soil blend by wheel barrow from where it is delivered on or near your driveway, outback to the garden location. This typically takes an hour or two for two people per bed. To see why Red Cedar is the #1 material for raised garden beds click here!
Backyard Farmers stands by it's 10 YEAR ROT GUARANTEE! If
for some reason your Red Cedar Raised Bed Garden begins to rot all you
need to do is call or email us and provide us with your order ID and we
will replace any rotted section of your cedar bed frame - no questions
Growing organic vegetables in elevated garden beds raised up above grade offers many benefits including:
- Higher Yields
Elevated garden beds can be set up
almost anywhere—with less effort and dependency on existing soil
conditions to produce significantly more vegetables per square foot.
This makes the intensive raised bed method ideal for a wide range of applications from backyard gardens to rooftop gardens, corporate grounds, school gardens, community gardens, and more.
food garden experts at Backyard Farmers know through experience that
elevated garden beds offer the best combination of ease of use and
productivity. The elevated garden bed is the centerpiece of your
Backyard Farmers premier home gardening system. For that reason, we make
sure that they are made of the highest quality materials and designed
to meet our specifications for optimal raised garden production. They
are designed for performance, longevity, and attractiveness. Our raised
garden beds will produce large volumes of food while being highly
attractive AND long lasting in your backyard.
Find out where we currently deliver & install our raised beds
Frame Dimensions: 4 ft x 8 ft x 11 inches deep
Shipping Weight: 2 boxes - Approx 38 lbs. each
Material: Western Red Cedar
How long will it take to receive my raised bed?
Please allow 7-10 days to receive your raised bed.
How frequently do I need to apply soil amendments and/or compost?
amendments will remain active in your garden bed for approximately two
years and are best replaced on this basis to continue to enable nutrient uptake and fortify your soil. We also recommend applying compost and mulch on an annual
basis to continue to build organic matter and add nutrients to your
raised garden bed.
What can I grow in my backyard garden food system? Do I get to choose what vegetables and herbs I will grow?
customers will choose their garden plants during their site evaluation
visit. Once your raised bed package is fully installed, the sky (and the
season!) is the limit as far as what type of vegetables, herbs (and fruits) you
would like to grow.
How appealing will a backyard food system be to the appearance of my backyard?
All of our products are selected with you the customer in
mind. We believe that your garden food system should be a centerpiece of
your backyard. As such, our raised beds are made of high quality, hand crafted cedar or coated steel.
They are durable, long lasting, and extremely attractive, especially when they are
full of vegetables.
How much time do I need to devote to my raised bed garden?
course, gardening is a relationship with the land, and like any
relationship, the more attention and care you give it, the better your
understanding and the results that will come. There will be the
occasional weeds and pests. Care needs to be given to trimming and thinning crops, as
well as harvesting and replanting. The time you spend will be well
enjoyed, especially when shared with family and friends. For
installation customers, most of our Installation Partners are available
for additional garden maintenance services at your request.
Installation customers are free to ask for as little or as much service
as they would like.
What do I do about garden pests and diseases?
healthy soils, amendments, and optional dripper irrigation system will lead to healthier
plants, with less insect pressure and diseases. We encourage you to plant
companion plants to combat pests and to fight pests and disease with
What is organic gardening? Are your products organic? How easy is organic gardening to practice?
gardening is the general title given to a wide variety of garden
practices that avoid the use of synthetic or chemical fertilizers and
pesticides by taking advantage of many natural processes that create
healthier plants and vegetables.
Farmers supplies raised bed garden packages made for organic gardening,
from natural, untreated red cedar for it's raised bed materials.
your Backyard Farmers system is installed, your commitment to organic
is as deep as you are willing to take it. There are many great books
available on how to be a self-sufficient, organic farmer at any scale.
Although you probably will not want to pay to have your backyard food
system certified organic, you can follow general organic practices by
avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and continuing
to plant organic seeds and seedlings.
of common organic practices include keeping your own compost pile,
planting companion plants that provide benefits to your garden vegetable
plants, or planting green compost (cover crops) during the off season to regenerate
your soil health. These organic practices not only eliminate the need for chemicals,
they reduce the amount of inputs entering your food system.
How are your raised bed packages and garden systems sustainable, local, made in the USA?
farming can greatly reduce your carbon footprint, associated with the
conventional food system. Backyard food is the most local source of food
possible. Also, our products are carefully sourced
from manufacturers Made in the USA.
Our Western Red Cedar raised beds are made from controlled
harvest cedar in the Pacific Northwest. Western Cedar is a durable,
rot-resistant wood that will have a long life in your garden. Most of
food system products are made from red cedar, as we decided the life expectancy of our product was the most important aspect of sustainability.
is required from my property to maintain a backyard food system? How
much of my backyard will I need for a food system? Do I need to remove
a backyard food system to have the best chance of producing an optimal
amount of fruits and vegetables, you will need a few basic essentials.
1. Sunlight: We recommend 6 hours of sunlight on average, although some
crops can get by with less (root vegetables, greens), and some will
want as much as you can give them for total flavor and size (tomatoes,
peppers, melons). 2. Water: Given the unpredictability of our climate
these days, we recommend at least one back up source of water, such as
an outdoor spigot or rain barrel. For best watering results, we
recommend our raised bed dripper systems, which operate from an outdoor
spigot or rain barrel.
Each raised cedar bed is 4’ x 8’, or 32 sq ft. Design your
backyard food system based on the amount of space you have, the amount
of sunlight this space will receive, and how much produce you would like
to grow each year.
As far as how much of your actual backyard lawn will be
converted to garden food system use, this is up to you. Often times, the
best sunlight is available to the backyard as opposed to the margins of
your yard. We recommend that you take pride in your food garden system.
Our raised beds are designed to go on top of and replace existing lawn
without any physical removal. Cardboard is recommended to go down first to inhibit weeds and attract earthworms. A 1/2" galvanized wire mesh can also go down first at ground level to keep voles from tunneling up and eating the roots of your plants (if they are a problem in your area)
Our unique raised garden bed frame systems are constructed from Western Red Cedar harvested in the Pacific Northwest. The Cedar used for our raised beds is grown in sustainably managed forests in Washington State and British Columbia.
The Red Cedar used in our raised garden beds is the same wood used in production of cedar furniture. It is incredibly durable, rot-resistant, and naturally-insect resistant. The wood grain tones will deepen into an elegant spectrum of cedar reds for a classic appearance in your backyard, especially when spilling over with fresh vegetables.
A team of woodworkers crafts each garden bed by hand ensuring the highest aesthetic and build quality. Our raised garden bed frames are easy to assemble out of the box. They are pre-fitted with the patented EZ-Grow-It stainless steel connection system (see additional info. tab below), allowing for a tool-less assembly and seamless finish that will not separate with age. Cedar side boards slide into fittings on two sides of sturdy, elegantly crafted cedar posts.
History of raised beds...
Raised bed gardening has become increasingly popular lately and the reasons why are numerous. But this is not a new concept. Ancient civilizations from the Indians of the Americas, to the Romans, Egyptians and old world European cultures, used various forms of elevated garden beds. Garden beds raised incredible amounts of food for generations through the ages.
The founder of Backyard Farmers, Al Benner has a family lineage that is no exception. His ancestor, Ludwig on his father’s side emigrated to Philadelphia from Germany on a ship called “Fame” in 1749. Ludwig Benner was a farmer and set up his family farm in northern Bucks County. The Benners recently visited their “roots” by paying a visit to Ludwig’s Grave.
Elevated garden beds were very popular in the old world. Many an estate along the Rhine River in the Alsace-Lorraine region of Germany (Ludwig’s birthplace) was certain to have had "Four Square" garden beds raised up to warm soil earlier in spring and allow for better drainage during wet periods.
Elevated garden beds (terraces) in German wine country Interestingly, not far from where the Benners live in Philadelphia is the Peter Wentz homestead. These German immigrants settled thirty miles north of Philadelphia in the 1740’s, built there own stone home, and along the way constructed four large raised bed vegetable gardens behind the farmhouse. A re-constructed version of these still exists today. You can also see a similar garden design layout for another German farmstead here:
Clearly, intensive method raised bed gardening and companion planting has been popular for centuries. Even as recently as the 1940's Americans grew 40% of their own produce in their backyard "victory gardens". Maybe it is time to get back to our “roots”...
4 - 4' long end sections (2 - 5.5" wide boards fit atop each other at each end of the bed)
8 - 4' long side boards (these also are installed on top of each other and are 5.5" wide)
1 - center bed stabilizer board
4 - corner posts
2 - side posts
These pieces are packaged in two separate boxes.
All of these components come complete with slide together stainless steel connectors already attached