CHESTER S. GALLE
Special to the OBSERVER
Have you been thinking about building a raised bed for your garden? When people come to visit my gardens, they get to see, first hand, the advantages of growing flowers and vegetables in raised beds. Because several people have asked me to do so, I've decided to offer a basic workshop on how to build a raised bed.
The workshop will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 1-4 p.m., on my property at 1516 Randolph Road, Alfred Station. This will be a hands-on workshop during which participants will assist in building a raised bed of larch wood. They will also have the opportunity to build their own raised bed, if they would like to.
I choose larch wood because it is hard and resists rotting. I recently read an article in which the author described using knot-free larch wood for building boats. For building raised beds, I use rough-cut lumber which I have sanded. This provides boards which are a full two inches thick by ten inches wide. The shape of the raised bed depends upon its location in your garden.
The raised bed workshop will be limited to eight participants. If you wish to build your own raised bed, you should register for the workshop before September 7, to give me time to order the appropriate amount of lumber. All other participants may register anytime up to September 16. A basic raised bed, 2' x 8', will cost $30 which includes the lumber and the lag bolts used to fasten the pieces together. Now is the time to build your raised beds and get them ready for next year's growing season. This is a way to start your 2014 gardening before the end of 2013!
What: CCE Master Gardener Raised Bed Workshop Hands On
When: Sept. 21, 1 4 p.m.
Where: 1516 Randolph Road, Alfred Station
Pre-registration: $5 per person (if you want to build a rasied bed of your own, the cost is $5 plus $30 for lumber and lag bolts. You must register before Sept. 7 to make your own raised bed). To pre-register, email or call Colleen Cavagna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-268-7644 ext. 12.
Chester S. Galle, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener