After putting things off for several years about planting a garden, I finally relented and decided to advance with not just any garden, but a raised garden at that. While doing so, I realized that my annual excuses for not planting a vegetable garden were quite lame and I must have done this years earlier. My dad was a passionate gardener and for as long as I can remember he had a terrific garden that all of us reaped the benefits from.
And so similar to most of my projects, as soon as I started, which constantly appears to be the hardest part, I plunged in headfirst and we rapidly picked the ideal location that gets plenty of sunlight.
I chose that I would start with a modest four-foot by eight-foot raised bed and if whatever went well I would broaden with another raised bed next year. While you can build a raised bed with practically any kind of wood, I chose a cedar box that would hold up against the aspects for many years to come. Remember that you can use basically any type of wood for this. Cedar, juniper or redwood are the preferred kinds of wood for raised boxes due to their resistance to the elements and long life-span, however you can definitely utilize any reclaimed or recycled wood. The one type of wood I would keep away from is pressure treated lumber as the chemicals used to treat the wood can leech into the soil.
The first step in this procedure is to choose the area of your yard to put your raised garden. You ideally desire a level location that gets a lot of sunshine.
Select the size of your bed, which can be any size from a simple two-by-two-foot box for spice plants or flowers to as big as you want. I selected a four-by-eight box, which I felt was big enough to fit a variety of plants but not too big to be uncontrollable.
When you have actually picked the dimensions of your raised bed you must decide on the height of the box. This can range from just 6 inches to as high as 2 or three feet. Simply remember that the greater your bed the more soil it will require to fill it.
I decided on a 12-inch height for no other reason than this appeared sensible. There would be lots of space for the roots to grow however it wouldn’t be expensive that I would require a dump truck to fill it. I now set out to find some 1 x 6 x 96-inch cedar boards. You can just use 12-inch broad boards but I found it less expensive to utilize 2 of the 6-inch boards stacked one on top of the other to achieve my wanted 12-inch height.
For this size box you will require six cedar boards measuring 1 inch by 6 inches by 8 feet. This is a common size board and you should have the ability to find it in any lumberyard. You will also need 2 1 x 2 x 96-inch pieces of cedar that will be utilized as corner pieces.
Hand Saw/Circular Saw.
Time to Construct.
To make our raised garden box 12-inches high we are going to build 2 boxes and location one on top of the other. If you opt for 12-inch boards you will need just one box. Start by taking among the eight-foot boards and cut it in half. These four-foot pieces will form completions of your box. Now simply attach the two eight-foot pieces to the four-foot pieces to develop a rectangle-shaped box using galvanized or polymer coated deck screws. I utilized three screws at each corner and quickly had a great 4 by 8 cedar box. I pre-drilled the holes to avoid the wood from splitting.
Just duplicate the procedure if you are developing two boxes and take them out to where you plan to plant your garden. Position your first cedar box where you desire it. I utilized a 1-inch by 2-inch piece of cedar cut to a 24-inch length as a corner piece. Utilizing a rubber mallet I inserted the corner piece about six inches into the ground and duplicated the procedure at each corner. I then attached my box to the corner pieces to secure it in place. Now put your 2nd box on top of the very first and secure it to the corner pieces. You can put extra 1 x 2’s at the midpoints of the sides to supply additional strength. When finished it needs to look something like this.
When cutting your 1″ x 2″ anchor pieces, cut them at an angle to make it simpler to hammer them into the ground.
When your raised garden box is in place it’s time to turn over the grass/soil inside package. I did this by hand however you can certainly utilize a rotor-tiller if this makes it simpler for you. If you do utilize a tiller be sure to turn over the soil before developing your box so you do not need to raise the equipment up and into package.
To fill package with soil you have a few choices readily available to you. You can purchase garden soil at your local garden center or you can fill it yourself if you have excellent soil readily available. Do not hesitate to utilize your raised garden box as a composting box during the off-season to help enhance the soil. You are now all set to plant and enjoy the benefits of your work with whatever garden vegetables you decide to plant.
You will see from the photos that I have two raised beds side by side. I was so influenced after constructing the first one that I went ahead and constructed a second garden box. You can see that the plants in the 2nd box are a few weeks behind the very first box and this will guarantee that we have a longer harvest duration come late summer season.
It took about 2 hours to build and assemble packages. If you are using just one box instead of stacking 2 you ought to have the ability to complete this even quicker. The time spent constructing your raised garden boxes will allow you to profit of growing your own veggies for years to come.