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Super Easy DIY Raised Garden Bed

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If you have basic hand tools like a saw and a hammer you can build a simple, functional raised garden bed out of common lumber found at your hardware store. Modern treated lumber is safe for garden use, unlike in the past, and is weather resistant. This will keep out turtles and slow down weeds from overtaking your plants.
Time: 45 Minutes Cost: $75 Difficulty: Easy
  • DIY Raised Garden Bed
Purchase the following materials:

(6) 2"x6"x8' pressure treated boards
(1) 4"x4"x8' pressure treated post
nails or screws (at least 2-3" and rated for outdoor use)
garden soil or top soil with amendments of your choice
The Materials
Cut two of the boards in half to make four 4' lengths. Cut the post into four 2' lengths.
Using the posts in the four corners, nail or screw the boards to the posts so that there are 2 boards on each side.
Dig 4 holes where the posts will go and put the bed in place. Backfill any holes with dirt.
Fill the bed with your garden soil of choice.
Enjoy your garden!
  • Jacob Richter
    Jacob Richter New York, NY
    on Jun 5, 2017

    Looks great! A great addition to any garden :)

  • Cdexy54
    Cdexy54 Columbia, IL
    on Jun 6, 2017

    It might be a good idea to remove the grasses before filling with soil to prevent weeds from growing up through the bed. You know how tenacious weeds can be.

    • Mary
      Mary Huntersville, NC
      on Jun 17, 2017

      When I made my 4 X 8 raise bed, I used timbers found behind our shed that were left from the previous owners. Living in North Carolina, our soil is clay. I knew I would not be digging any sod! I layered heavy weight cardboard under the organic soil. No weeds 3 years later!

  • Patti
    Patti Celoron, NY
    on Jun 15, 2017

    Looks great....but I would use it strictly for decorative plants. Pressure treated should never be used for edible gardening! 😊

  • Kathleen Fitzgerald
    Kathleen Fitzgerald Willits, CA
    on Jun 16, 2017

    I think that presspure treated wood shouldn be used when growing food. Something about the chemicals involved in the processing.

  • Bob Konvit
    Bob Konvit
    on Jun 17, 2017

    Pressure treated wood Is loaded with chemicals, should not B used 4 growing vegetables

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