When I got an email from Eartheasy offering a cool wooden raised bed kit to try out, I was suspicious of their claims. Takes less than five minutes to put together? Easy to assemble? Um, not for me. I’m, like, DIY-challenged or something. I can’t even hit a nail properly.
So Amy Stewart of Garden Rant and I decided to make a video showing people exactly how long it takes to put these things together. Since we each had a raised bed kit, we decided to stack them for a taller bed, and see how that process went.
Curious how fast we could go? Watch us in action:
(If you want to see how fast the assembly really went, you can watch the unedited version of our video here! It still went pretty darn fast.)
Seriously though, that was an insanely easy raised bed construction. No tools needed, and you don’t even need to weed before setting this in place. If you’ve got particularly tenacious weeds, just mow and put some cardboard down before loading this sucker up with soil, and you’ll be good to go.
What you should know about the Farmstead Raised Bed Kit:
- Totally tool-free construction, using a mortis and tenon joint seen in ancient boat and other architecture from as early as 4800 years ago. I feel all cool and Amish just thinking about it.
- Can stack them four high, with no need for brackets or anything. The weight of the wood and thickness of the boards hold everything together easily, and once the soil is in there it won’t shift.
- Made from rot-resistant Vermont white cedar, with the pegs of black locust wood. It’s all untreated and natural.
- Solid construction, with rough-hewn wood that’s about an inch and a half thick.
- The inner sizing of the beds is different from the size of the boards, because of the way the boards are held together once constructed. The exact sizes are listed on the site.
- They provide extra pegs, which is nice because we managed to lose one while fiddling with them!
- Pegs fit into the holes easily, with no need for force or tools.
- If you wanted a taller raised bed without buying as many kits, you could take inspiration from Johanna Silver’s S.F. Garden Show displays and create a straw bale garden with a single frame on top to hold in the soil and make the whole production look streamlined and neat.
- Very eco-friendly packaging for shipment – the waste from the packaging fits into one hand.
- Eartheasy is a carbon-neutral company, and they have chickens. Really cute chickens, named Thelma and Rampage.
Want to win your own raised bed from Eartheasy? Just leave a comment below, and I’ll choose a winner next Wednesday. Good luck! (You can head on over to Garden Rant for a second chance to win.)
Erin @ The Impatient Gardener is the winner! Congrats, Erin!!