How to Build a Raised Bed for Your Veggies and Plants-Via

Whether you’re farming your parking strip or beautifying your backyard, a planting box you make yourself can come in mighty handy.

For much of the year, Tom Richardson harvests everything from tomatoes to kale to carrots from six juniper beds in his parking strip farm in Seattle. Though the boxes, built by designer Sam Kraft, are relatively simple, their rough-cut elegance and thoughtful details elevate them as a design feature — from the choice of wood to the cantilevered bench included for garden visitors.

“Any tree species that is young — meaning small diameter — and rough sawn will give this look,” says Kraft, “but very few will be appropriate for this application.” Juniper is naturally rot resistant and is an invasive species in the Oregon forests, where it is typically harvested from, making it a great option for the Pacific Northwest. “Placing demand on this wood helps the economic argument of sustainable forestry practices,” Kraft says.

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