- 1 Benefits of Raised Garden Beds
- 2 The Best Materials for Raised Garden Beds
- 3 How to Build Raised Garden Beds
Starting a raised bed garden is super exciting!! But don’t get carried away and make a
, my advice is to start small and see how your first gardening year goes.
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 weeds. Seriously, it makes such a difference especially if you buy clean soil – there will be no weeds at all! I think I’ve seen a handful, and they’re all super small.
- Less bending. This is a no-brainer! Mine are only 20″ tall and already it saves my back.
- 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.
- Can you use the square foot gardening method! For more info click here.
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 4 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.