Well, since we’ve been raised bed makin’ fools around here and I thought I might share with you all how to make a raised bed, too 🙂 It’s a fairly simple process, but it always takes us longer than we remember it’s going to!
First, determine the space your new bed(s) will go in and take measurements (remember: measure twice, cut once).
Next, gather and cut your lumber and posts to your chosen size (your posts should be about 6 inches taller than your bed will be high). Grab your drill, screws and bits, a hammer, staple gun and extra staples.
Then, put the frame together (using screws instead of nails for greater stability), which is basically just a box. If you want your bed to be higher, stack two boxes on top of each other.
Next, adjust the bed so it sits exactly where you want it and make sure it’s level-ish 😉 Dig your posts into the ground at each corner. Make sure the top of the post is flush with the top of your bed (this is where the hammer comes in handy…) and drill them into each other from one side or the other. If your bed is two boxes tall, make sure to screw both layers into each post.
Once your bed is put together, now would be the time to cut and lay down your weed cloth and staple it to the inside of your bed. This isn’t a necessary step, but if you have roots in the ground around your beds, they will take over your beds. So, the weed cloth works as a barrier from the bottom up while still allowing for proper drainage.
Finally, fill your bed(s) with soil and you’re done!!! All that’s left is the planting and watering and weeding…but that’s another story 😉
There you have it! Now you know how to build a raised bed! Happy Building!
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