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More about our affordable, super-local raised beds

Raised bed design by Alfred Millard. Fabrication by a local Amish carpenter.

Thanks to Susan Reimer’s article about raised beds in the Baltimore Sun, we’ve gotten lots of questions about the ones we’re selling, and here are the answers!

How they’re made

They’re made by local Amish carpenters based on a design by Behnke’s fearless leader (officially, the president) Alfred Millard.   He thought there had to be a way to offer a good local product at a good price.   They’re made of untreated whiteoak.


They’re 4 by 6 feet long, and 6 inches tall.  Starting next week, 4 by 4-foot raised-bed kits will be available, too.

Posted by Susan Harris.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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  1. The raised gardens are made on native white oak, untreated. All the hardware is included, The planters can be stacked. If on a hard surface I would suggest using a landscape fabric. I would never put on a deck- two reasons- weight and rot.

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