Building our Raised Garden BedsPosted: April 10, 2013
To maximize sun, minimize weeds and back pain, and to control our soil conditions, we decided to build raised beds for our vegetable garden. I found these plans and used them for inspiration, although we ended up spending a lot more money on lumber (I’m almost positive no-one can buy that much cedar for $10) and made our beds deeper. Our yard is full of rocks and roots and isn’t the best kind of soil for growing vegetables (mostly clay). Here’s what we did – making it up as we went along!
If we built these again, we’d do a few things differently. Next time we’d use nails instead of screws and nails to fasten each piece together – the cedar and pine seemed to be prone to splitting, and nails just seemed to work better. I would also use a table or bench to nail the smaller pieces together so the whole process was more comfortable. However, I think they still turned out well. We’re pretty proud of ourselves! Now we have to put them into position, hammer in our support stakes to prevent the sides from bowing, and fill them with soil.
Materials/Tools (for one 6′ long by 3′ wide by 1.5′ deep garden bed):
9 – 1″x6″x6′ cedar planks (cedar can be pricey, but it’s rot-resistant)
2 – 4′ pine stakes
1 – 1″x2″x6′
2 1/2″ finishing nails
2″ deck screws
Reciprocating Saw or Hand Saw