First off I have never grown anything yet and am just starting. My plan is to start small with a couple of containers and grow herbs and maybe peppers and while I am learning about the basics I'll be working on building my own container.
I live somewhere where I am not allowed to plant in the ground. I would like to build a 4' x 4' raised bed or container to plant vegetables. Here are my questions:
When I buy wood to build my container - should I buy it in the size for the depth I'd like it to be (i.e. 2 x 8 or 2 x 12) or buy a few 2 x 4's and build up. I have seen both described in books but would like to know your opinion. Not having to attach 3 2 x 4 to have the depth I want seems like it would be better
Is there a specific type of wood that is better than others?
Should I let the container rest on the ground with some type of planting fabric barrier between my soil and the backyard soil or should I set it on stones or "legs" and have it raised about the ground with a piece of plywood on the bottom?
Thanks for any and all advice!