Building A Raised Bed, Part I

comments (2) April 20th, 2012

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Produced by: Greg Holdsworth


Raised beds are one of the best ways to grow your vegetables, herbs, and  flowers. They can be built to any size, using a variety of materials. For our project, we're building a 4-foot x 4-foot raised garden bed, using untreated wood. The 4-foot-square size not only complements the square-foot garden method, but is also a good size for a starter garden or for gardeners with limited space.

Raised beds have other advantages, too. They warm up quickly in spring and they drain more efficiently than an in-ground garden. And you can have the proper soil right from the start, so you don't have to deal with whatever tough (or unusable) soil your yard may have. They are readily accessible, good-looking, and you can place them where you want.

The materials and tools  you'll need to build a raised bed:

Two 2x10 wood boards, 48 inches long
Two 2x10 wood boards, 51 inches long
One 2x3 or 2x4 wood board, 4 feet long (for the corner posts)
One box of 3-inch deck screws
Waterproof wood glue
Hand saw or jigsaw
Tape measure
Square
Permanent marker and/or pencil
Sandpaper and/or sanding block
Drill, with various drill bits


Skill Level:

Easy to intermediate, depending on your woodworking/cutting skills.

Watch Building a Raised Bed, Part II (assembly)

 

 


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Comments (2)

KodaRoo writes: Should there be any kind of finish to protect the wood? I'm thinking maybe something like exterior latex paint or something non-toxic but weather resistant.
Posted: 9:20 pm on May 7th
SqFtGrdnrInstructor writes: Maybe read New Square Foot Gardening. Suggest using two 8' boards and cutting them in half to yield, 4 pcs 48" long, No need to pay for 10' long boards. Using four pcs at 48" long produces a raised bed that is 46 1/2" square. This is fine for Square Foot Gardening Techniques. If using damp lumber, suggest assembly quickly. Damp lumber will warp and twist, making assy more difficult. Suggest making corner post 18" tall above bed. I use these tall corner posts to aid getting up from kneeling position. I'm older and wiser.
Posted: 10:12 am on April 30th
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