The idea of having fresh groceries from your kitchen garden is usually perceived as a preserve of the people lucky enough to have a spacious kitchen garden. However, this is not necessarily true – you can grow your fresh vegetable and spices in the little space you have thanks to raised garden beds.
Do It Yourself raised garden beds are specially constructed beds that are normally made of wood or any other convenient material, in some cases concrete block are used as well. The finished gardens are later filled with the correct amount of suitable soils and vegetables, spices or even ornamental plants are then planted. This tutorial details how to make a raised garden bed.
Step 1: Determine the size of the DIY raised garden bed
Plans for a raised garden bed come in all manner of sizes, shapes and design. The most fundamental Do It Yourself raised garden Beds are rectangular or square shaped and may differ in their finishes. Depending on space and material availability you can opt for a more exotic design. To get different types of raised garden bed plans try this comprehensive guide. This raised garden project measures eight feet long and two feet wide.
Step 2: Collect all the materials
Building lumbar is the preferable material as opposed to fence board that has a shorter life span and do not require additional support. Cedar lumber is highly preferred as it last quite a long time – you can opt for the pressure treated variety. The tools required include drill with drill bits and deck screws. The lumbar requirements are two, ten foot 2 by 10 and two, ten foot 2 by 4’s.
Step 3: Put together the base plate
Cut the ten-foot planks at eight feet mark to create two sets of eight foot long planks for the side and a set of two foot wide planks. Pre-drill and countersink holes at both ends of the longer planks and position all the pieces in place to create a perfect rectangular shaped structure. Drive a pair of deck bolts in place and secure all the side firmly and solidly – an important step to building a raised garden bed.
For additional strength at the joints measure out four scrap planks of wood to the depth of the baseboards and attach them to all of the four corners of your DIY raised garden project. Predrill three holes into each of the additional support, countersink the holes and secure them to inside corners of the DIY raised garden project – on the longer side.
Join the shorter boards to the longer boards by predrilling two holes on the outer edges of the shorter boards, countersinking them and driving a pair of deck screws between into them.
Step 5: Attached additional pieces of the scrap woods to the sides
Gather a four pieces of scrap woods and attach them, a pair aside, to the inside length of the raised garden project. These additional pieces provide added support for the cover lid of the raised garden bed.
Step 6: Attach the top shelf
Lay the 2 by 4’s on top of the raised garden project base and predrill the holes on them about a foot apart along the entire length of the raised garden bed. Be sure to countersink all the holes. Attach the top shelf in place using the deck screws. The top shelf not only provides additional support the raised garden base, preventing it from bulging under the weight of the soil, but also provides a comfortable seating place while working on the raised garden project.
Before attaching the screws at the end of the to shelf taking care to ensure that the two diagonal measurements inside the raised garden project are equal in length. A perfect rectangle boasts same diagonal measurements. If the measurements are identical fix the deck screws; otherwise make the requisite adjustments before attaching the screws if the measurements if the length differs.
There are many remedies to rectify such anomalies, and they are outlined in the premium woodworking guide. The guide covers step by step tutorials and also features instructional videos.
Cut the remaining top shelf pieces to the required length and ensure a perfect fit. Predrill and countersink the holes and secure the board to the base foundation of the raised garden bed project.
Step 7: Fill the raised garden project with soil
Select the appropriate site for your bed and ensure that it is level on all sides then place used cartons at the bottom of the bed. Proceed to fill the raised garden project to the brim with soil or homemade compost manure. The finished bed is now ready for planting your vegetable, herbs or ornamental plants.
And that is how to build a raised garden bed.