Please look at my design below (I use a spreadsheet to make them, so bear with me please) and give me your thoughts. I am trying to come up with something that is easy on the plants, and on my back lol
No kidding, the 4-legged creatures should not mess with your garden. Well, it'll stop rabbits...you'll have to garden in the basement in order to stop the squirrels though, lol. So it is on 2' legs, and about 9" deep? I was not able to tell what the dimensions were but maybe I missed them? (and I apologize, oops!)
As long as your design is sturdy enough to hold the soil + water + plants + fruit then you should be ok. It will drain well, correct? Can you recycle the water?
Alaska? Such a RAISED raised bed ought to warm up quickly once the sun hits it.
If you do re-use the water in the same bed, watch out for excessive salt building up. You might be better off letting the water drain out into a bucket of hose, and throw it onto an in-ground bed that is flushed by rain.
I try to get6 some of the "raised raised" benefit byt excavatin g a sunken wlakway aorund a riased bed. The bed rises 8-16" ab ove garde, and the walkway is sunken 6-18" below grade. I don't stoop well and can't kneel!