Raised Garden Beds - Easiest & Cheapest
I made this super easy raised garden bed without Glens help. It's a basic box just screws together and I'm pretty happy with the end result. So lets get started shall we?
These beds might not be the most amazing looking beds. But let me tell you, they will cost under 30 dollars for a 510 bed & they will take you under 15 minutes to assemble! Talk about great bang for your buck!
What You Need For Your Raised Garden Bed
-Three 2x10x10 We used pine, and they cost 9.44/board
-Stain of choice, or you can leave plain. We already had stain so this cost us nothing
- Sixteen 2 Screws
Yayyyyy! So lets get started on the easiest project of all time. I mean, do you really need a tutorial? I'll share anyways. So cut your third 2x10x10 board in half ( make sure you measure to make sure each length is exactly 5 in length ) Sometimes they can be slightly longer or shorter than 10.
Once you've made that cut. Cut your 22's into four 8 lengths. Now it's assembly time!
Here's a shot of me putting the box together.
Once you've screwed all four 22's onto your two end pieces, you want to screw the long pieces on. I drove four screws into each 22 and it was very strong.
We used a 50/50 mix of fish fertilizer & top soil. A great mix for feeding your plants the nutrients they need. This is the tiring part. We had to fill 11 wheelbarrows with soil. We have a pretty big yard so we had to wheel it around the entire yard to the right side. Phew! Great workout though.
I also made some cute little markers out of some scrap in our scrap pile. I just picked up a sharpie and wrote on the wood. The boys loved sounding the words out to find what one belonged to what seed. They're 4&6, it's so fun to see them read. Yes, I'm totally aware I put an apostrophe on the "peas"... ugh.. it was hot in the sun, okay?!
- 2x10x10 (Hardware Store)
Jrzy on Aug 21, 2017A few suggestions... the bed shouldn't be wider than you can reach to the center. You won't be able to get those tomatoes in the center or weed when the plants are full grown. 4 ft. wide is good for most. 3 ft. wide if your older and not quite as flexible.Also, consider dimensional plastic lumber used for decking. Pine will rot and need replacing in about 3 or 4 years. Cedar wood won't last much longer either. I've had plastic lumber now for 20 years and still looks good.Happy gardening!
Debbie Grider Barbee on Feb 18, 2019
Remember to check with the lumber yard re: chemicals in the wood i.e. arsenic. Can definI tell be found in old wood used for decks and such. It is not worth the risk to poison yourself or kids. Leave the Roundup at the store and try the natural tricks listed here. Risk of Lymphoma.