Raised Garden Bed

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This was so easy, we should’ve done this a long time ago!

Our new garden bed 💚🌱

This is the completed project and I’m not certain if it’s the correct way to build one but it serves its purpose and it’s keeping critters out too.

Attaching the wood planks
Step 1 Attaching the planks

The bed is 3 x 9 ft. For the 9ft side, we used 2 planks that measured 1 ft X 9 ft and stacked them on top of one another then attached them metal brackets. We used flat brackets for the center of the boards and L shaped like the one in the photo for the ends. For the shorter side, we also used the same however, the shorter side was only 3 ft. Hence, a completed bed which measured 3 X 9. Tip, we purchased two 1 ft X 12 ft planks, cut them so we had two 3ft planks and two 9 ft planks, which made the height of our bed 2 ft tall.

Step 2 Securing the corners

These are the metal brackets we used to attach the boards together, the 3 ft to the 9 ft. We used 2, one towards the top of the planks and the second towards the bottom just to ensure they were secured.

Planks secured
Step 3 Level the dirt & stabilize the bed

We opted to use the wall to our advantage and instead of using wood, we used the block wall as our 3rd & 4Th wall of the bed. So, we built an L shape base instead of a full rectangular bed made of only wood. I hope that made sense 🤦🏻‍♀️ The completed size it 3x9 ft. FYI, make sure the ground is leveled.

The PVC Hoop Cover
Step 4 The PVC Hoop Cover

I wanted to make a cover for the bed to prevent critters from indulging in the fruits of my labor and to protect them from harsh weather. This was very easy and inexpensive too. First, decide on the length that you will need and cut them to size. I will show you how we attached them in the next photos.

Attaching the PVCs to the wall and bed
Step 5 Securing the PVCs for the hoop cover

We used 1 inch PVC pipes, cut them about 1 ft each, and secured them to the walls with brackets. My husband drilled the holes first on the wall to make it easier to drill in the concrete screws. We used regular screws to attach them to the wood. We secured 6 total in order to get our hoop cover shape. I will explain later where they were all placed but 3 of them were secured to the brick walls. One at each end of the bed and the 3rd in the center.

Plastic Weed blocker Barrier
Step 6 Laying the Weed Blocker Barrier

After we attached the PVC pipes to the block wall, we laid the plastic weed blocker to the entire surface of the bottom of the bed. We also brought it up against the wood walls. You don’t have to do this, you can just lay it on the bottom.

The Base for the PVC Hoop Cover
Step 7 Completing the base for the hoop cover

As I previously mentioned, we attached 3 of the 1 inch pipes against the brick walls. The other 3 were secured directly across from the ones against the walls, 1 at each end of the bed and the 3rd in the center. Once this was completed, the base was ready to insert and hold in place the 1/2 inch PVC pipes and construct the hoop cover. I will show you what I mean in the next photo.

The Hoop Cover
Step 8 Attaching the Hoop Cover and filling the bed

Here you can see what I meant, once the 1 inch pipes are attached, the 1/2 inch pipes are inserted into the 1 inch pipes to make the hoops for the cover. Garden plastic is than applied over the hoops. At this point, we also filled the bed with soil and compost.

The irrigation tubing
Step 9 Irrigation Drip Tubing

Our irrigation drip tubing lays on top of the soil. We first decided where we wanted it to lay, cut it to size, made the holes using the hole punch that came with the irrigation drip system. If you purchase a kit, it comes with everything you need. We purchased ours from Lowes. I will show you the final product in the next few photos.

Attaching the drip system
Step 10 Attaching the Drip System Connectors

Once the holes were made, the drip system connectors were inserted into the holes, it’s that simple.

The drip system connectors

This is what the connectors look like after they’re inserted into the holes.

Irrigation Drip System

This is a photo of our completed irrigation drip system which we placed on top of the soil.

Raised Garden Bed
The completed bed

A photo or our completed raised garden bed. I’m looking forward to growing veggies. So far, we are happy with it. If you notice from this photo, we built a small shelf like border over the top of the bed, not necessary but I thought it gave it a more complete look. The wood panels are approximately 4 inches wide and the length is the same as the base of the bed. The longer one is 9 ft and the smaller is 3 ft. 🌿 Happy DIYing and if you want to see more of what I do, please come visit me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mycreativekneads/

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  • Maureen A Teachman Maureen A Teachman on Jul 23, 2021

    Love how you covered the bed with hoops. How did you bend the pieces that make the top of the hoops?

    I don’t know where you are geographically, but we chose to protect our raised bed from burrowing critters like moles, squirrels and rodents. We used a wire hardware cloth (mesh) with 1/4 “ to 1/3” openings. We placed it across the bottom and up the sides. (Window screening is too thin. Critters can often chew through it.) We stapled the hardware cloth into the wood sides. Then we used a water permeable weed cloth. I noticed something dug below the wood walls from the outside but could not get further because we went up the wall a few inches with the hardware cloth.

    Although you have never had water enter your foundation walls from soil and bushes elsewhere, I suggest you at least waterproof the areas where you put screws into the wall. Here you have a drip irrigation system that will be providing a steady source of water, very close to the foundation. I also was not sure if your weed barrier is waterproof. Some pvc/plastic weed barrier is waterproof.

    or water resistant.. If it is waterproof, I suggest you change to a water permeable weed barrier. Otherwise you may be encouraging the growth of mold and the plant roots will be wet. This would increase the risk of water entering your brick foundation.

    The house on 2 sides of your bed will be creating a micro climate. The bricks will absorb the heat and release it very slowly. You will need to make sure it doesn’t get too hot and burn the plants. Someone may have mentioned concern about the amount of sun with having walls on 2 sides of the garden. I would be concerned that the area will not allow adequate air circulation. This can cause many problems. Water doesn't evaporate as it should. This can lead to fungal diseases such as powdery mildew, etc. Air circulation helps in controlling spores, aphids, mold, fungus, etc. It also might interfere with pollination. You may need to run a fan in this area and reduce the amount water released through the drip irrigation system. Be especially careful when you are germinating seeds or otherwise using the hoops with plastic to extend your growing season. Always vent the bed to avoid problems as I mentioned previously.

    All these potential problems can be corrected. But it will increase the amount of work you will need to do until you can change some of the parameters permanently.

    I hope you never have the problems I described. But it is easier to prevent them than to let them happen and need to repair them.

  • Opal Opal on Jun 14, 2022

    Thank you for this idea. I would like to do this myself, but I do not know how to bend the PVC pipes. Do they need to be heated to make them pliable? How did you do that? Did you buy them shaped into a hoop?

  • Zi Zi on Jul 18, 2022

    Hi Irma, Thank you for such a clear step-by-step description! Somehow I've missed how the screening gets attached to the pipes, and maybe also to the garden walls? Thanks!

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  • Maureen A Teachman Maureen A Teachman on Jul 23, 2021

    I just looked st the photos again. I thought it was a foundation but it looks like a garden wall. The potential problems I mentioned might still exist but not as much as I indicated. However I now see a tree shading the garden. That might block the sun and air circulation just as the 2 walls do. So you may not have a wet house foundation but instead damage to your garden wall. You probably don’t need to worry about overheating but about blocking the sun when the tree has all its leaves.

    • Irma | mycreativekneads Irma | mycreativekneads on Jul 23, 2021

      I know, the tree is deceiving we actually get plenty of sunlight and our veggies did wonderful, so did our herbs. Thank you!

  • Wanda Wanda on Aug 07, 2021

    I found your information very informative and plan to try your method to build a raised bed. Thank you for sharing your knowledge