DIY: Raised Garden 7

DIY Raised BedI love gardening and even though its early in the year, I already have bell peppers and tomatoes growing! There are many ways to build a garden whether it is a raised bed or one in the ground. This post will help you to build a raised bed. I find that a raised bed produces better tasting food for some reason.

When you start your bed, you need to consider what you are planting, how much sunlight it will need and how much space will be needed for the plant to root properly.

The size is irrelevant until building, but we will assume that the bed will be 3 ft x 5 ft.

If you are using 1×6 to build, then you will want your bed to be 2 or 3 boards high depending on how deep you want your bed.

Start by cutting your long pieces first and then your short ones. You will also need 4 corner braces and you will want to use a 2×2, this will be about the size of a porch picket. This will give you somewhere to connect the edges of all the sides.



Next you will assemble your pieces. Start by connecting the corner pieces to the long sides first. You will want to use screws to do this because it will hold better, but you can always use nails if you prefer.



Next you will connect the ends (the shorter pieces) to the corner board just like you did with the side pieces.



After you have finished the side assembly, you can beautify your raised bed by adding a top plate. This will make it look more elegant and offer extra support, but it is optional.

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Finally, place your bed where you want it in your yard. I use black plastic as a weed barrier in mine. It helps hold in water and keep out unwanted weed growth. If you add this to your you simply lay it in the bottom and staple it about 2 inches up on all sides all the way around. Make sure to poke a few holes every few inches to insure run-off of excess water.

Finished Product

I obtained these images from Chris Loves Julia because the quality was excellent and this is the original page that I used to build my own! I hope that you enjoyed this article and that it helps you to create the garden of your dreams, or at east get started on it.

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About Dora Clemons

How do you sum a person up in a few short lines? Sheesh!! Well here goes, I am a 30 something year old SAHM, wife, and blogger. I am curious about all things pertaining to parenting, and everyday becomes a brand new learning adventure for me and my family. I love being able to share my experiences, give advice, and help others to be as successful as possible! I grew up in the country. Born and raised in NC, but am now in the sunny state of FL (and LOVE it here). Since I hate the cold, this is a great place to be! So... enough about me! I'm so glad you stopped by and I can't wait to hear your feedback. Feel free to drop us a line in the comments section and let me know what you think, would like to see, or if you have an idea for a post!!

7 thoughts on “DIY: Raised Garden

  • Danielle G

    Do you know what kind of wood they used (or you!)? Was it cedar? We’re looking to do this as well!

  • Heidi Salisbury

    I love this idea. I wish my husband would have done this instead of digging up our yard.

  • lindamoffitt02

    These are Great You 2 did a great job and Thanks for sharing these easy instructions

  • Judy Maharrey

    i really like these raised beds. maybe i need to get stated o some of my own. i love gardening and flowers, so i can’t go wrong with these.

  • Melissa S

    I love the look of the top plate on these beds. I can’t wait for spring, I keep reminding myself that it won’t be winter forever. Posts like this help me rememeber that :)

  • Kimberly Flickinger (@kaflickinger74)

    I have been wanting to try a garden. Thank you so much for sharing these tips!

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