In general, a raised garden bed is particularly a large growing box. This bed is very useful if you want to solve the drainage problem for your plants. It is also the best choice to keep some pests away from your plants. One more benefit that you can get from raised bed is that you can have easy access to your plants. How to make it? Let’s follow the tutorials below!
Materials and Tools
Prepare the following materials and tools to make it.
- 16 cubic feet of fertilizer
- 16 cubic feet of soil
- 1 roll floating row cover or bird netting
- Twelve galvanized tube straps sized 1 inch
- Three mesh hardware cloth sized ¼ inch (3 x 5 foot rolls)
- Three 3/8 gauge rebar sized 10 feet
- Six PVC pipes sized ¼ inch with 12 feet length
- Twenty-four stainless or galvanized steel screws number 8 sized ½ inch
- Twenty-four stainless or galvanized steel screws number 14 sized 3 ½ inch
- Two 2 x 12s sized 8 feet long
- Two 2 x 12s sized 4 feet long
- Four 4 x 4s sized 16 inch long
- 4 bar clamps
- Wire cutters
- Staple gun
- Trowel or shovel
- Drill bit sized 5/32 inch
Step 1. Build the Frame
You need to build the raised bed in upside down position. Choose flat surface. Assemble 2 x 12s boards on their narrow side corner and attach one 4 x 4s at one of the board end. You can use adjustable clams to keep the joint.
Step 2. Drill the Joint
You can predrill some holes to prevent the joint from splitting out. Then, you can secure them by using the screws. After the joint is being secured with some screws, you can remove the clamps.
Step 3. Repeat to Finish the Frame
Use step 1 and 2 to finish attaching or assembling the other 4 foot ends for your raised bed. After you have two ends, you can start attaching them into the long sides of the bed. Take 2 x 12s between the ends. Then, secure the joints of both ends using some screws. To keep the joints steady, you can use the clamps. Make sure to drill some predrill holes before securing the joints. After it is finished, repeat the same process to attach the other long side of the bed.
Step 4. Choose Perfect Location
After your rectangular raised bed is ready, you can place it on the perfect location. Once you have flipped the bed into its intended position, you can start finding the right location in your garden. If you want to use your raised bed to grow some vegetables, you need to find the location which are exposed to full sunlight.
Step 5. Secure the Bed
After finding the perfect location, what you need to do is securing the bed on its position. Dig some holes for every bed corner post, at least for about 6 inch. After that, sink every corner post deep into the ground. Install PVC tubes for spreading the floating row cover or bird netting.
Step 6. Spread the Hardware Cloth
Before pouring the soil, add the cloth on the ground to prevent any pests eating your vegetables.
Step 7. Add the Soils
Next is to add the soils and build the irrigation system.
Step 8. Ready to Plant
After all set up, you are ready to grow your plants. If you want to protect your plants, you can add the bird netting on top of the raised bed.