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Are you ready to create a DIY raised garden bed this season? You’ve come to the perfect place! This guide will show you how to build your garden for less than $100 with no tools required.
As Daylight Savings Time passes and the warmth of spring draws nearer, the idea of a garden begins to overtake the thoughts of home owners everywhere. Whether your dream garden is small and full of herbs or large with every vegetable imaginable, we can all agree that there is something so rewarding about growing your own food.
DIY RAISED GARDEN BEDS
Raised garden beds have become extremely popular for home gardeners. These types of gardens offer many benefits such as longer growing seasons due to better drainage and warmer soil as well as easier control over your soils pH. Raised garden beds also are easily visible making it less likely that human foot traffic will compact your soil. This creates a better growing environment where your plants can thrive.
If you decided to remove the grass from beneath your raised garden bed you will also have amazing weed control. This step isn’t necessary but it definitely is worth it if you have the time and energy!
PLANTS FOR RAISED GARDENS
Raised gardens can be used for whatever you’d like. You can plant rows of tomatoes, carrots and onions or create a gorgeous cut garden right in your back yard! Both annual and perennial plants can thrive in raised garden beds. The biggest factors to consider when choosing what to plant is available space, companion plants and overall garden goals.
SIMPLE DIY RAISED GARDEN BED
Let’s get right to it. Below you will find a list of materials needed to complete your garden bed as well as instructions. This project takes about 1 hour and will give you a 10ft x 5ft raised garden space.
Once your garden bed is built, research the best way to fill your space. We live in an area with high levels of clay soil so we added a layer of decaying leaves and twigs to the bottom of our bed before filling with dirt and fertilizer to assist with better drainage.
- 8 Wall Blocks
- Ground Contact Lumber
- Two 10ft pieces
- Two 5ft pieces (Ask store to cut 10ft piece in half if you don’t have saw)
- Find a level area in your yard to build your raised garden bed.
- Stack 2 wall blocks on top of each other. Slide one 10ft plank into grooves. Stack 2 additional wall blocks at other end of plank.
- Continue the above steps to make your 10ft X 5ft rectangle raised garden bed.
- If desired, removed grass from inside your garden bed to have better weed control.
Congratulations! You’re finished! Now it’s time to fill your garden bed and start your growing season.