These raised garden beds are an easy and inexpensive way to jump start your own garden.
Guys I seriously am so in love with my new garden beds. I was joking that I need a camera out by my garden beds to check on my plants to see how they’re doing. Hey, if I can’t have a dog yet I might as well settle for some vegetables and plants!
I followed this tutorial to get an idea on how to make the beds but ended up adding a lot of my own features.
To Make One Bed- Materials Needed:
- (6) 6ft. cedar fence panels
- (4) 10″ 2×4 pieces or scrap pieces that can be a bit smaller
- 1 1/2″ wood screws
- Screw Driver
- Shovel, Pick Axe or Tiller
- Landscape Fabric
1. Lay two of the 6 ft. fence panels on the ground and line up the bottoms so they’re even.
2. Screw the scrap 2×4 in the middle of the boards
3. Repeat on the other end of the board and for another set of 2 panels
4. Cut two of the panels directly in half so each piece should be 3 ft.
5. Screw those pieces into the other end of the 2×4
4. Voila! Frame is built without much hassle! Don’t worry about making this completely perfect since it’s for a garden.
I chose not to stain mine since they’ll fade and change colors in the sun anyways. Plus cedar is a hearty wood so it’ll stand up well to the rain and harsh elements.
Next up it’s time to prep the dirt below the garden bed. Obviously, you don’t want the weeds growing up into the garden so you have to over turn the top soil and remove all of the big weeds. This can be a pain in the rear end but I promise you it’ll be worth it!
Now you can fill that baby with dirt! I recommend going with 6 bags of Miracle Grow garden soil. You’re going to want the good stuff to get those vegetables growing, not just top soil! Even out the soil with a rake or your hands.
Next up you’ll want to add landscape fabric to the top. This prevents weeds from growing by blocking seeds from settling into the top of the dirt. Brilliant! Cut the fabric to the length of your garden bed and use stakes to keep it in place. I just broke sticks and used those as stakes!
When you’re ready to plant your plants simply cut an X in the fabric where you want your plant to grow and dig out the dirt to plant it! EASY PEASY.
In my first garden bed I have Heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, mini sweet peppers, purple jalapeno, hot chili peppers, banana peppers and a basil bush.
I still need to fill the second bed with a bit more dirt and then I plan on finding some Swiss chard or kale to plant in this one! Eventually I’ll have two rows of garden beds… but that’s one day down the road!
Raised garden beds are so easy anyone can do it. Trust me! Even B said it was his favorite DIY project so far because of how easy it was! Hope you give it a spin!