Benefits of Raised Garden Beds
• You can create your own soil. Since you don’t have to plant directly in the ground, you can fill your raised garden bed with any type and quality of soil you need. Be sure to get your soil from a reputable source (I learnt that the hard way).
• Fewer predators. Especially with slugs, and rabbits. It’s a little too high for them to reach which is a plus for you!
• Easier to attached row covers & cold frames. This one I never really thought of, because I hadn’t used row covers or cold frames. But it is much easier to staple on a row cover to a piece of wood rather than to the ground.
The Best Materials for Raised Garden Beds
You can literally make raised garden beds out of anything….. steel, plastic, logs, and probably the most common cedar or pine lumber. We choose lumber! And it was a big debate whether or not to use cedar or pine. After a lot of research, we decided on pine. Not only was is half the cost, but I had found a natural sealer that would preserve the life of it for about 10 years – how awesome is that? Sold yet? Let me show you how easy it is to build them!
How to Build Raised Garden Beds
We mad four beds – two that were 4′ x 8′ x 20″ and two that were 4′ x 10′ x 20″. For the ease of this tutorial, I will go through and give the instructions for one 4′ x 8′ x 20″ raised garden bed.
What You’ll Need:
• (1) 2″ x 4″ x 8′
• (6) 2″ x 10″ x 8′
• Galvanized screws 3″ long
• Measuring tape & pencil
• Drill & Impact Driver
• Saw (circular mitre)
What You’ll Do:
Cut two of the 2″ x 10″ x 8′ pieces in half. So you have four 2″ x 10″ x 4′ pieces.
Cut your 2×4 into 2′ pieces, so you’ll have 2 pieces.
Layout your pieces to make the 4′ x 8′ rectangle, and drill them together on the corners (see below).
Ok, well I’ll let you get to it. Please let me know if you have any questions – I’d be happy to answer.