Sunday, March 17, 2013

Raised Bed Garden (Part 1)

We've wanted a garden since we moved in 2 years ago, so this year we decided to go with the raised bed garden.  Since we are running out of time to start our garden, we sat down and decided the size we needed and we got started.
We decided on 4 beds that were 4' x 8' each.  We figured that would give us plenty of space to plant what we wanted...which by the way, everyone's number one question when they find out your putting in a garden is "whatcha planting?"
The first thing we did was grabbed some stakes and string to measure off were we wanted our garden to be.  Just a rough estimate of what size it would be in the end.
Since we wanted to make this a permanent gardening area we purchased treated wood so it would hold up longer in the weather.  We bought (6) 2x8x16 @ $18.49 each and (4) 4x4x8 @ $10.99 each at our local lumber yard.  The lumber yard cut our 16 footers into 8 footers so they would fit in the truck and after we got home my honey cut a few more of the pieces down to 4 footers for the end pieces.
Since we already had a giant box of the screws, we used them instead of buying more. 2 1/2" was a good length for what we were putting together.
My honey cut the 4x4 posts into 2' lengths and we used these as our corner posts.  He decided also to cut the top ends that would be showing into a fancy shape just for a little extra sumthin sumthin!  To make these "fancy" tops, he used the chop saw and a 45 degree angle and kept rotating the 4x4 until all the sides were cut, then he just took the pointed tip off the tops.
After we got the frames screwed together, we added the corner posts.  My honey used clamps to hold them in place while he screwed them to the frame. This insured correct placement every time.
The clamps offered a steady hands free approach of assembly.  What you see here is the entire bed turned upside down, so the fancy corner post top is down toward the floor.  The extra long part will be buried in the ground.
After we assembled one we'd carry it out to our chosen garden area.  I had fun snapping pictures every time we added one until we were done.  I don't know if you noticed the stormy skies in the very first picture up there, but we were kind of racing mother nature to get done and sit them in place.  Next week we dig holes, cement them in and add dirt!

Raised Bed Garden (Part 2)
Raised Bed Garden (part 3)

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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12 comments:

  1. You did a great job! I garden in what I call raised beds. We set them directly on the ground. Visiting from Between Naps. Can't wait to see your progress. Have a lovely week! Love, Wanda

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  2. I guess you're not worried about using treated lumber?

    The boxes look great, you're well on your way!

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  3. Awesome job! It is so much fun to put in a garden! Can't wait to see what you do end up planting :-)

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  4. This will be fascinating to see how you progress. My raised beds were just done last February and I can't wait for warmer temperatures to begin planting!

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  5. Just stopped in from "More the Merrier". I love raised beds,Urban gardening was the 2nd reason I started blogging! I can't wait to follow along and I invite you to join me at http://theredeemedgardener.blogspot.com

    Please comment often!

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  6. I'm totally pinning this! A raised garden bed has been on the to do list for the last few years!

    xoxo
    A-
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  7. Great job! Can't wait to see whatca' plant in them :) Thanks for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you tomorrow at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-creative-homeacre-hop-8.html

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  8. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This is great! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods! Hope to have you party with us again next week!

    ~Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

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  10. Love this! I'd like to invite you to link up to Saturday Spotlight @ Angels Homestead. The party is open from 12 am Saturday, until 12 midnight Wednesday.

    http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-11/

    Hope to see you there :)

    April

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  11. Thank you so much for coming over and linking up to Fishtail Cottage's garden party last week! I love your raised garden planters! the tutorial will be so helpful for those that want to make some! hope to see you again this upcoming week! xoxo, tracie

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  12. i have always been told that treated lumber should never be used for garden beds due to the arsenic content. what's your thoughts on this?

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