Since we spend most of our time at home, we have been updating our house and yard this year. One of my favorite parts of the update is, of course, the yard. We built trellises, Obelisk, solar lanterns, birdhouses, shutters, and window flower boxes. Now we are planning to build a raised garden box bed.
Last year at the beginning of the health crisis, we whipped up some DIY-raised vegetable garden beds from old pallets.
They provided us with fresh herbs and a few vegetables that we enjoyed so much. This year we decided to build a bigger garden with Garden Box Beds, Straw Bales, and obelisks trellises for a ton more vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
**For more gardening inspiration and ideas, I have added some amazing gardening posts at the end of this post, so be sure to check them out too.
How to Build Raised Garden Bed Boxes
We chose local cypress lumber for our garden boxes; however, you can build your boxes from various lumbar. Since pressure-treated wood is not natural, we chose not to use it. You can find more information about wood choices here.
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1x12x8 Four each
2x2x8 corner posts and center supports 2 each
2-inch deck screws
Impact driver with driver tip
Cordless drill with a countersink bit
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Raised Garden Box Lumber Cuts
Four Cuts 1x12x30
Cut Four 1x12x60
Cut Six 2x2x30
Assemble the Ends
Measure the ends for placement of the screws and predrill—1 ½ inch from top and bottom and one in the center.
Place the two 2x2x30 on a flat surface.
Align the end board with the corner post and install the screws
Add the second end board tight against the first board with the pipe clamp and install screws
Make the other end section
Adding the sides
Measure and predrill all screw holes
assemble the bed upside down. Position two sideboards even with the top and outside edge of the end-use pipe clamps to hold them in place. Install screws
Attach the second row of sideboards using pipe clamps and install screws
Install Center Supports
Use 6-inch clamps to hold the center supports in place, then redrill and install screws.
Our garden beds will need to be installed and filled with garden soil and other organic matter. We have saved sticks, cardboard, leaves, grass clippings, compost, and peat moss to fill our garden boxes. We checked the Farmer’s Almanac for the best planting dates.
Now that our boxes are filled with the soil, we are ready to plant our food crop.
For convenience, you can fill your bed with a purchased mix. Be sure to check your growing season before planting or sowing seeds.
You might also like to build an easy compost bin like this one for composting your kitchen scraps. Compost is like gold to a gardener.
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Next on tour is my friend, Niky from The House on Silverado. I love the way she decorated her farmhouse-style herb box. It would be so convenient to have herbs growing in the kitchen! Be sure to check it out along with all the other amazing bloggers below.
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