We considered a variety of different raised bed materials; architectural ties, stone, cedar boards, cement pavers among other materials. Eventually, due to the scale of the garden and the cost of materials we considered, we settled on using trees already felled in the woods, or taking young trees whose removal benefited a patch of woods. Dale collected the wood, which after stacking near the garden, we laid out on the ground to design the spacing of the beds.
Once we decided on the bed locations, Dale built ten beds of 10’ x 4’, whose purpose as raised beds, extends the growing season and tending them from each side towards the middle can be done sitting on the bed rails instead of kneeling on the ground. All in all we have 400 sg. ft of framed raised beds and another 100 sq. feet for the potatoes, corn and fruit trees and bushes.