Our garden is planted and I am officially doing a happy dance! I shared the game plan for our first garden a few weeks back (you can read that post here) where I talked about using raised beds. My type-A personality loves that they create an organized garden space, but the added benefits of creating a great drainage solution and keeping pests out make them a no-brainer! We DIY’d our own 4′ x 8′ raised garden beds and I LOVE how they turned out! Here’s how we did it:
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- 2″ x 10″ Lumber
- 12″ Swanson Speed Square
- Carpenter’s Pencil
- Tape Measure
- Dewalt 60V Circular Saw
- 3.5″ Deck Screws
We made a quick stop by Home Depot to pick up our lumber and chose to go with plain old untreated 2×10 construction lumber. It is cheap, contains no unwanted chemicals, and (supposedly) should last at least 5-7 years in a dry climate like ours. (The longevity of untreated lumber for raised garden beds really depends on climate – in wetter climates the wood may only last for a few years, whereas in the driest of climates they could hold up for 10+ years.)
Each 4′ x 8′ raised bed requires three 2×10’s. Since we were planning on building two raised beds, we loaded up our cart with 6 boards, and grabbed a small box of 3.5″ Deck screws.
Using a 12″ Swanson Speed Square, we marked two of the boards at 4′ and made the cuts using a Dewalt 60V Circular Saw (any circular saw should do the trick, to checkout the exact one that we used go here).
Once all of the cuts were made, it was time to assemble the beds. We placed three 3.5″ deck screws along each corner to secure the frames into place.
After the raised beds were finished, we moved them to the back yard to fill them up with soil. We decided not to lay any cardboard or landscape cloth down beneath the soil. Instead we used a weed-wacker to cut the grass down extremely short and left the clippings as our base. We will see how well this method works and may opt for something different next year.
The soil we used was a ‘premium grower’s mix’ we purchased from the local nursery which was a mix of 1/3 top soil, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 compost.
After the two beds were filled, it was time for the fun part – planting! As I mentioned in my post The Plan, I chose to go with veggie starts to give my crops the best chances of success. The only thing I planted from seed was lettuce. Here is my garden map:
Lastly, I marked each crop by making these simple garden labels using my DYMO embossed label maker and Popsicle sticks. I absolutely love how they turned out!
Do you have your garden planted yet? If so, what kind of crops did you plant? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments! And of course if you fellow gardeners have any advice, I am all ears! If you haven’t noticed, I am figuring this out as I go 😉
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