Video: How to Build Raised Garden Beds

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Video Length: 2:53
Produced by: Steve Aitken, Danielle Sherry, Gary Junken, Kate Geruntho Frank, Cari Delahanty

If your soil isn't the greatest or you just don't feel like digging, raised beds can be a great solution for your vegetable garden.

Raised beds can be made out of all different kinds of materials, but wood is the most common option. The obvious choice for your wood may seem like pressure-treated lumber, but because it contains copper, an untreated wood that weathers well might be a better option. Douglas Fir is readily available in our part of the country and relatively inexpensive. Other choices might be Cypress or Redwood.

Other videos in this series:

Selecting a Site
Testing Your Soil
Removing Sod and Vegetation
Starting Seeds Indoors
Direct Sowing Vegetable Seeds
Planting Out

Tools You'll Need
Cordless drill
3.5" galvanized decking screws
Six 8-foot-long 2x6 boards
Six 4-foot-long 2x6 boards
Four 2-foot-long 4x4 boards

Building the Bed
To make the long sides of the bed, screw three 8-foot 2x6 boards to two corner posts. Pre-drill the holes before screwing into the wood to make life a bit easier. Having an extra person around to help you position the boards correctly and make sure they're flush.

To build the short sides, stand two of the constructed long ends upright about four feet apart. Screw the short 2x6 boards to the corner posts so that they're flush. If you're not building on level ground, a speed square and a level will come in extremely handy.

Fill it with soil
Here are some Fine Gardening articles and videos on soil:
How's Your Soil Texture?
Making Compost
How to Make Leaf Mold

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gardener's gallery.
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