Building Raised Garden Beds
When we purchased our new land, I had the glorious idea to have this entire area tilled up and made into a garden area but the garden season is already quickly upon me and I knew that I really didn't have the time to spend hours pulling weeds. So, I went in search of other ideas. I wanted raised garden beds. I wanted them chemical free and made from a material that would last.
I went to Lowes and purchased twenty-four cedar picket fence boards. These boards would be used for the sides and the ends. These are fence boards so I cut the very tip off where the boards were dog-eared at the top. I left sixteen of the boards the long length and cut the other eight boards in half for the ends.
In order to put the boards together, I purchased six of the pine fir boards and cut them into 11" pieces. You could also have your local lumber yard do the cuts for you if you can not do this at home. With a box of screws and a drill, it was time to put the beds together.
I placed the pine fir board that was cut at 11" flat on the ground and screwed my cedar boards to it as shown in the photo above. I did this four times down the side boards to keep my boards sturdy and to prevent any bowing in the boards.
To form the end of the raised bed, I screwed the boards the cedar boards that I cut in half onto the end of the long sides. I then added another pine fir board to the middle of the end boards for more durability. When I finished building the raised beds, I set them in place.
Filling a raised bed with store bought bags of dirt can be really exspensice. These beds are around six feet long and 3 feet wide and have a depth of 11 inches. I found someone local who charges $25.00 for a truck load of dirt. It is made up of manure and dirt that has been turned and allowed to compost for the past two years. So, search your local for sale sites to see if you can find something like that in order to fill the beds. I would recommend having the soil tested to see what the PH level is. This will tell you if you need to add anything to amend the soil.
With the twenty-four cedar picket fence boards and the six pine fir boards, I was able to build four raised garden beds.
I love the idea of raised vegetables because I don't have to spend hours weeding the garden. Sure, I will still have some to pull but nothing like if I would have tilled up this entire area to plant the garden. I will be adding more boxes over the next few weeks and I have plans to make this a beautiful space with walk ways and a sitting area.
This is my view from the front of our property. You can tell that I had started to till this area up for a garden but I quickly changed my mind. I will allow that to return to grass but eventually, the garden beds will fill that entire space. When I am finished, I should have between 16-20 raised garden beds. I have had the traditional tilled garden in the past. It was beautiful but also took a lot of my time to keep it weed free.
Thanks for stopping by. It has been a busy few weeks of planting Gladiolus, Dahlias and other flower varieties, transplanting Hostas as well as getting the garden area started. I look forward to sharing more of the process in the upcoming weeks. I hope this has inspired you to build your own raised garden beds. Don't forget to join me on my other social networks!