Building A Raised Bed

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We’re enjoying another weekend of nice weather; I love these breaks from the cold because it makes me want to build.

This time we’re adding a new raised bed to the garden.  Believe this it took me less time to build the bed then it did to purchase the wood. That means I’m going to run you through the building steps so you can make a few for your garden.

Simple List of Supplies

  • Three 8 ft boards – your choice I used 8 ft pine 5 x 3 boards
  • Hardware – 28 long screws
  • Scrap wood for corners
  • saw and drill with bits

Let’s Build This Thing

Before we start building make sure to cut one 8 ft board into two 4 ft pieces, these will be the ends of the raised bed.

  • I’m working underneath a carport because I like to build on a flat surface, it helps keep everything straight before you drill.
  • We’re connecting the bed at the corners using 2 x 4 scrap wood, this will help secure the corners.
  • Make sure to drill pilot holes first before inserting the screw, these holes keep the wood from splitting.
  • I connected each corner with six screws on the outside and one on the inside.

When it comes time to move the frame over to the garden get someone to help because this frame will shift if attempted to transport by yourself.

Once you arrive at your destination place it where you want and begin prepping for future planting.  I lined the base with pine needles, dried leaves, mucked hay and manure.

We’re supposed to get rain in a couple of days so I will leave this sitting before adding a thick layer of dirt over the top.

It’s your turn to build a raised bed now. “How many do you plan to build for your garden?”

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  1. Marge says:

    Thank you for answering my request. It looks like a simple project and one I’m anxious to try once the cold weather is gone.

    1. Carole says:

      Glad I could help I’m in the south so when a warm day arrives out of the blue that’s when I start building new raised beds to get a head start on that spring garden. Happy New Year!

  2. I love that hop – I'll be there again! Thanks for stopping by and it really was that easy to make, course I'm finding I enjoy building as much as I love gardening. Hope to hear from you again! -Carole

  3. Kathi says:

    You've made this sound so simple. Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you'll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

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