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Raised Bed & Trellis Construction Workshop @ EPPC House

3pm-5pm Sept. 1st; Energy Plus Permaculture House, 527 North Negley; Backyard Workshop Space; hosted by TransitionPGH

I got Mike Baer, who recently taught a lecture on Garden Construction Projects through Pittsburgh Garden Experiment, to lead a workshop on the subject, in which he'll demonstrate the construction of a raised bed and then a trellis for us with materials myself and TransitionPGH will provide.

We'll have a little extra wood & a few tools & screws around for anyone who wants to try it out, too, and Mike will be there to give suggestions & offer some help, though to guarantee you have a trellis and/or raised bed at the end of the day, it'd be best to bring your own wood, screws, and tools.

We'll have some dinner prepared at the end of the day, too, probably made from some collards from the garden (they've been popping up without any help from us!) And anyone who brings any other food is certainly encouraged. We'll have dishes and silverware.

More details to come later--notifications in the comments.

OPTIONAL Things to prepare: hammers and hand-saws; screws/nails of indeterminate length and size;

Wood to bring: For each raised bed; (2) 1in x 12in x 8ft, pine #2 grade, (1) 2 in x 2in x 8ft.

For the bean trellis; (2) 1in x 3in x 8ft firring strips, (2) 1in x 2in x 8ft firring strips and either string or pre-made netting (with gaps at 6-8 inches at a side).

You also may want a car in order to transport said raised beds & trellises: count on having 8ft of space in your car in which to wedge it. But if you need to leave it at the EPPC house and pick it up another day, you can.

Dinner food also!

Naturally Transition believes big changes in the world are coming, and that to face them, we'll need more local food production, and more growing knowledge generally amongst the population: part of that is constructing things for gardens and farms, having basic carpentry skills. So come learn some, prepare for the future, learn from people who know how to do this kind of thing.


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  • Justin T.

    Busy beaver = $8/board; home depot = $31. Construction junction: highly varying prices and quality.

    August 30, 2012

  • Joanie K.

    I'm sorry that I will be missing this due to work or the Irish festival. Hoping to use vines of green beans or hops to also provide shade to a too sunny deck and would love to know the needs of these plants.

    August 24, 2012

  • Justin T.

    Another cross-post from TransitionPGH here:

    TransitionPGH is an incarnation of the internationally-recognized Transition model, which seeks to create more highly-empowered neighborhoods & towns, full of people taking practical actions at a local level to increase wealth & strength locally, including investing in local food, local energy production, local building materials, and more--decreasing dependence on oil, increasing community happiness, and building resilience to an uncertain economic, ecological, and environmental future. We're just launching in Pittsburgh, and we offer skillsharing workshops (constructing raised beds, learning to keep chickens, building whole backyard gardens) and events where you can get involved with organizations, people, and places that are already shining examples of planning with an eye to the end of the age of cheap oil. Get involved:
    PGH Site:
    U.S. site:

    August 21, 2012

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