All our products are made from 100% recycled steel. No new iron is mined from the earth to make any of our products. We are very proud of this and would not have done it any other way.
Where are your products made?
Right here in the USA. Currently we manufacture in Galt, CA. Other locations may be added as needed.
What size wood should I use?
The M Brace® uses any 2” lumber, any species, though we like redwood and cedar for durability. The Garden HighRiser® can be constructed using literally ANY sized wood because there is no inside brace to limit the width of the board. In terms of length and width of a raised bed, no more than 12 feet long for the M Brace® and no more than 20 feet for the Garden HighRiser®. Keep the width of any raised bed to 4 feet or less, so you can reach into the bed to plant, weed and harvest. For both types of brace, you can stack any combination of board sizes…the sky’s the limit!
Will the products rust?
Yes! They are intended to do just that…becoming beautiful garden art in the process. We want to be sure that, many years from now, our products will not be clogging landfills, but will slowly transform into their original element: iron.
What if I don't want it to rust?
There are several rust-inhibiting sprays on the market. They will last about 4-6 years, depending how they were applied. Also, you can spray paint metal a variety of colors and finishes
Can raised beds be constructed on uneven ground or hillsides?
We don’t recommend it. Raised beds should always be constructed on flat, level ground for best results. Terrace a hillside, and level the ground.
What kinds of screws should I use with the Garden HighRiser®?
We like 2” deck screws because they are already powder coated a rust color, which will blend well with the rusted metal of the Garden HighRiser®. Of course, any 2” galvanized screw will work too.
What are those holes for on the M Brace® inside riser and cross piece?
If you would like a more permanent installation, screw the boards to the riser, and use a gutter spike (super large nail) on the cross piece. This is not necessary, but does help keep the corners tidy.
How do I calculate the amount of dirt to use in my raised beds?
L(length)xW(width)xH(height)=volume in square feet divided by 27 = cubic yards. Most bags of soil are measured in cubic yards.
M Brace® Example: raised bed 8’x4’x 1’ Multiply the length, width and height to get 32 square feet, divide by 9 to get 3.5 cubic yards.
Garden HighRiser® Example: raised bed 12’x3’x2’ multiply and divide as above. 72 divided by 9 is 8 cubic yards.
What kind of soil should I use?
We recommend using organic compost of the highest quality you can find. Make your own, or order from a compost company that will deliver in bulk or let you pick it up at their facility using your truck or trailer. It can cost as little as $15/ton if you purchase it this way. If you would like, you can add one part sand to 5 parts compost, and you can always add some soil from your garden. Keep it simple. To condition your soil, use only those products that are organic and free of additives. We recommend Authentic Haven Brand all natural manure teas.
Is drip irrigation the best way to water my raised beds?
Yes, if you have the patience to figure out those darned timers! However, “those with only a hose” will do just fine. Water in the mornings when it’s cool. Don’t water at night. You will encourage the growth of mildew, and the plants are not actively growing when there is no sun, so the water may not be taken up by the roots.