Introduction: Raised Bed Garden

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Step 1:

I made the frame with (2) 2" x 8" x 12' boards and (1) 2" x 8" x 8' board. I cut the 8' board in half and put them at the ends to make a 12' x 4' x 8" deep bed.

Step 2:

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I wanted to make this bed with a trellis at one end of it. I want to grow a couple of tomato plants and a cucumber plant up this trellis. I took some 1"x2"x8'boards that I had left from when a tornado came down our street and took off part of my roof and I used them to hold down tarps to keep water out. They still had nails in them that i had to take out first.

Step 3:

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Once all of the nails were removed, I clamped all of the boards together to hold them while I cut them to length. I cut 8 @ 66" long for the vertical slats, and I cut 8 @ 51" for the horizontal slats.After all of the vertical and horizontal slats were cut to length, I then marked the vertical slats at every 8". This is where the horizontal slats will be placed.
I then took all of the horizontal slats and pre drilled where I screwed them to the vertical slats.

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Once all the slats were screwed together, I put it in place and screwed it on the inside of the end board. I put braces on the sides to help hold it up, it gets really windy here in Oklahoma and I also dont want the weight of the plants to pull down on it and break it. You can see where my daughter photo bombed me in the background. She helped hold it in place while I put up the braces. This is the finished product, now I just need soil, seeds, and good weather to get started.


bwente (author)2014-03-16

I made one very similar years ago (sorry, no photos). My wood eventually got infested by termites and I later replaced it with cinder blocks filled with dirt and sand from the hole I dug out.

Anyway, here is a suggestion/variation that I did. I made a trellis-lean-to, kinda like an A-frame from the side. My spot had full sun all day and I grew cucumbers and beans up the trellis and had romaine lettuce under and in the shade made by the vines above.

Twofinger (author)bwente2014-03-16

Thanks for the info. I have since moved trellis to the side where I will have more room to plant my lettuce and such and it will be somewhat shaded during the heat of the day.

daniel barnes (author)2014-03-13

I'm making it

Twofinger (author)daniel barnes2014-03-13

Cool, I hope it turns out well. Its really easy.

Creativeman made it! (author)2014-03-06

Great job! I did exactly the same thing, dimension wise, when I built my garden. The trellis is different, and looks to be more work than I'd want to do to support tomatoes. That wood looks like pine or fir, and it will last 4 or 5 years. I painted the inside of mine with roofing asphalt, and then to prevent leaching into the soil, I covered that with black plastic, heavy guage. After about 15 years, wood has still rotted somewhat, but is still functional.

Twofinger (author)Creativeman2014-03-06

Thank you. I hope it works ok, I did just use the cheap white pine instead of something a little better, but my budget didn't allow for this time.

Tom Hargrave (author)Twofinger2014-03-09

When it comes to garden projects, cheap white pine boards are better than anything you would need to pay for.

Looks great and the supports on the trellis portion is a great idea!

Thank you, I hope it works out good.

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