Introduction: Building a Raised Garden

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How to build a raised garden.

Step 1: Introduction

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Summer is coming and raised gardens are easy to build.

More places are building garden beds as an alternative of cultivating he land. This easy steps will help you build a garden bed in no time.

Step 2: You Will Need

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Supplies needed: measuring tape, level, pencil, drill,

Phillip drill bit, circular saw, 2” constructions construction screws, (2) 2”x8”x8’ board and (1) 4”x4”x8’ lumber, cardboard, and 5 bags of soil.

Step 3: Caution

Caution: When operating the drill and circular saw,

take appropriate precautions. Sharp objects may cause injury if not used appropriately. Wearing safety goggles is necessary to avoid wood pieces flying into eyes and nose/mouth guard to prevent it from breathing it in.

Step 4: Step 1

Prepare the area where you are planning to build the raised garden box.

Step 5: Step 2

Using a measuring tape, measure the 2x8 wood boards and mark them with a pencil at four feet and cut each one using the circular saw at that mark.

Step 6: Step 3

Measure the 4x4 lumber and mark at ever nine inches. There should be enough to mark for four pieces to be cut.

Step 7: Step 4

Cut the 4x4 lumber at the 9 inch marks you placed on the wood.

Step 8: Step 5

At this point, ensure that you indeed have four pieces of 2”x8” lumber that measure four feet in length, and four pieces of 4”x4” lumber that measure nine inches in length.

Step 9: Step 6

On two of the 2x8 lumbers that you have previously cut, make a mark

about ¾ of an inch back from the end of the lumber.

Step 10: Step 7

Drill two pilot holes that will be used for placing your screws using a 3/16” drill bit.

Step 11: Step 8

Attach the nine inch 4x4 pieces of lumber to these 2x8’s and make sure

to align the bottom of the 2x8 to the bottom of the 4x4. You will notice that the 4x4 will be 1.5 inches taller than your 2x8’s.

Step 12: Step 9

Now take the remaining two 2x8 boards and measure back 3 inches and mark to drill pilot holes for your screws using the same technique as mentioned in step 5. This will ensure that your screws will secure our 2x8 into the 4x4 lumber.

Step 13: Step 10

Attach the remaining 2x8’s to the 4x4 using the same method as mentioned in step 6.

Step 14: Step 11

Ensure that your box is level on all sides using a two foot level.

Step 15: Step 12

To avoid or prevent grass from growing it is recommended that either

cardboard be lined up at the bottom of the raised garden. Some people prefer to use plastic but if you want a material that will decompose cardboard is a good option.

Step 16: Step 13

Once you have lined the ground with cardboard, it is something to

consider that some gardeners prefer to add some small sized gravel atop the cardboard to aid is drainage.

Step 17: Step 14

Start filling the raised garden bed with soil. The raised garden should be filled 1 inch from the top.

Step 18: Step 15

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From here, enjoy planting whatever your heart’s desire, and remember to have fun!

Step 19: Completed

You have successfully built a raised garden bed. Ready

for planting. These garden beds are easy to build and easy to keep. The cardboard eliminates the hassle to have weeds in your garden bed.

Comments

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-05-21

Nice raised bed setup. Do you have any more pictures of the process? Also the steps automatically number themselves. So it is a good idea to use a short description of the step at the title for each step.

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