I show you how to Build A Raised Garden Bed CHEAP!
I spend ZERO Dollars on materials (with exception of the dirt).
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0:01 - Building Plans
0:20 - Layout (I use the long boards as strait edges for layout)
1:24 - Deciding What Size To Make It
1:50 - Putting Together The First Sides
2:00 - Review Screws
4:17 - How To: Add Live Weeds Under The Dirt
4:41 - Cardboard Under Lining
5:40 - Adding Top Soil!!!
5:58 - Compost Added Under The Top Soil
6:54 - Stop To Smell The Roses.... :)
7:30 - Last Wheelbarrow Load Of Dirt
7:52 - Project Summary Review
As most of you know, I like to build everything that I can from reclaimed materials. I am able to show you how build a raised garden bed cheap, from reclaimed wood that my neighbor was going to throw out. Previous to making this video I pulled out all of the nails that were in the boards and prepped them for use.
During the build process of the raised garden bed, you can see that I take away any of the detailed calculations by laying the boards out on the ground and using them as a strait edge. There was no need for a lengthy layout process here.
I went through the yard and existing raised garden and pulled allot of weeds and placed them in the end of the new garden bed that would get the most topsoil cover. After laying in the weeds, I covered them with cardboard to prevent them from sprouting through the new dirt and to allow the weeds to fully compost. I'm certain, by the time that the cardboard decomposes, the weeds will be nicely composted and ready to till into the soil.
After filling the raised garden bed up with topsoil that I purchased from a local supplier in bulk, I will need to do a soil test to figure out what type of fertilizer and additives to add to the soil. Because the level of wood chips in the mix, I'm certain I will need to do something to replace the nitrogen and the wood chips will rob the soil of much nitrogen.
I hope that this video has been helpful in showing you how to build a raised garden bed for cheap. As you can see, this really is no science but rather just use of some common sense.
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