DIY Raised Garden Beds
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We wanted to build a couple small garden beds to house our vegetables. Hopefully we can keep them alive long enough to actually have them bear fruit (err… veggies) to eat over the upcoming summer months. We did not want to take up all of the grass, and knew we did not need a ton of space as we do not have a huge family. So, we built two 2×3 cedar garden beds, raised, in the corner of our yard. It’s pretty simple, so here goes.
Estimated cost: Under $200
- Cedar 2×6’s or 2×12’s – we chose 2×6’s because they were on sale for $10 per 12-foot board, quite the deal at Lowe’s! 2×12’s would mean less cuts and less Kreg screws, but it was OK by us to do a little more work for such a great deal.
- Kreg Jig and screws
- Drill, larger drill bit, and regular wood screws – we used long 3-inch screws for this project
Here are the steps.
Step 1: Make your cuts. We knew we wanted to build two boxes that were 2-feet deep and 3-feet wide. So, we cut 8 of each of those boards for our two boxes
Step 2: Kreg screw into boxes. We used the Kreg Jig to first drill then attach the two sides horizontally, then screwed into the ends to attach to the perpendicular boards. This is really pretty simple if you have used a Kreg Jig before.
Step 3: Build the bottoms. We measured the bottoms, which were 3 feet, and cut 2×6’s to length. Then, we used our 3-inch screws to attach to the side rails. Remember this will need to hold some dirt, so it’s important to drill screws about every 6 inches or so to make sure it holds.
Step 4: Drill holes for drainage. We do not want water to build up in these, so we wanted to make sure we had decent drainage so the plants could breathe. We used a three-quarter inch drill bit to drill drainage holes.
Step 5: Cut and attach the legs. Depending on how tall you want your garden bed to be, cut the legs to size. At first we thought it’d be a good idea to have them be three feet high so we wouldn’t have to bend over as much to garden. However, we then realized that the plants would have grown to be above our fence line, and we would have been “those neighbors”. Instead we cut them down to only be a few inches off the ground, but they are still raised and they are still mobile. Heavy, but mobile.
Step 6: Plant and enjoy! We hope to see our newly planted cucumbers, jalapenos, green bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini and mint flourish, but only time will tell.