Raised garden beds are popular, practical, and relatively easy to build. Their simple construction can be customized to fit into any landscape, and they are an ideal way to grow vegetables, flowers, or herbs. A cost-saving alternative to Cedar, treated-wood products work very well when constructing raised bed gardens.
Raised beds offer many benefits and advantages for gardeners:
- Improved drainage
- Easier to improve soil quality
- Easier weed control
- Easier to water
- Fewer pests and rodents
- Less physical strain for the gardener
- Improved accessibility for elderly, disabled, or individuals with physical limitations
If there’s a concern about vegetation coming in contact with treated wood, a liner can be used but is not required.
Orient embedded support columns so only treated ends are in ground contact.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR BUILDING
A RAISED GARDEN BED
Materials List for Raised Garden Bed:
- (6) 2″ x 8″ x 8′ Pressure-treated boards
- (1) 4″ x 4″ x 8′ Pressure-treated post
- (1) Box of 3″ — #8 Galvanized all-purpose screws
- Use 4 single 8′ 2x8s for the long sides of the bed. Drill pilot holes in both ends of the two side pieces when they will connect to the ends of the other two side pieces.
- Cut four lengths of 2×8 at 48″ for the sides. (You should be able to do with a single 8′ board.) Drill pilot holes in both ends of these pieces as well.
- Connect the sides with 3″ deck screws.
- Attach a piece of landscape fabric to the bottom edges using galvanized staples. Leave some slack in the fabric, allowing that the weight of the soil with stretch the fabric.
- Add soil and start planting!
Download Instructions for Your Raised Garden Bed Here —Raised Bed Instructions