Inspired by Stonehenge, I call this project Plant- henge. I love projects that combine carpentry and landscaping; cool layout, dirt, big changes and my chainsaw. I get to use mac-daddy tools and make a year-round impact on my landscape. Part of my design goal here was creating visual tex- ture while filling an empty landscape and adding near-year round color. I used vertically oriented round Southern Yellow Pine poles for the structure. The poles are affordable, scalable (you can make this project any size you want), and they're easy to work with. Plus, they’re safe for flowers, food and whatever else you want to grow out of the ground. Let’s get into it.
LIST My raised garden bed has two circles, a larger one with a small one inside it. The outside circle is 6-feet in diameter, the inner 2 feet in diameter.
Materials: ( 4) 2x6x8 pressure-treated (PT) boards ( 16) 5x8x8 PT round posts ( 50) 8-in. structural screws 1# 3-in. deck screws
Tools: Chainsaw, Impact driver, Assorted hand tools
Plants: Plants obviously depend on climate and crit- ters—like deer. Where I live, deer eat tulips like Chips Ahoy but leave daffodils alone, which we planted here for Spring color. Check with your garden center.
Also, think about winter color, which—despite this being a Spring issue—you’ll see here (it was shot last Fall so we could be ready for this issue). Ornamental cabbage and kale along with pansies keep vibrancy and color in the landscape once it gets cold. Bottom line, you can put whatever you want in there for nearly year-round color.
By Mark Clement