Monday, April 15, 2013
Build Your Own Raised Bed for Small Spaces (DIY)
Step 1: the Supplies
4x4 pressure-treated wood cut into 1-foot pieces (qty. 4)
2x6 pressure-treated wood cut into 4-foot pieces (qty. 4)
3 1/2" lag bolt zinc screws (qty. 16)
2 1/2" lag bolt zinc screws (qty. 8)
Post hole digger
Soil (I prefer a mixture that my mother-in-law swears by and has worked for me in the past: rich topsoil on the bottom, followed by humus manure and peatmoss.)
2 Bayer Aspirin for when you're all finished
Step 2: Begin Assembling
Begin by laying out the pieces and attaching the 2x6 pieces to the 4x4 wood with the 3 1/2" lag bolts into predrilled holes.
Notice the placement of the screws into the 4x4.
Once the frame is assembled, position it where you want it. You'll need to mark the corners and begin digging holes with a post hole digger. Thanks to my neighbor for letting us borrow hers!
Step 4: Fill your raised bed
This is where I took over after the bed was built. In the past, we dug up all the grass which was REALLY tiresome! So this time I'm trying the method pinned around the world on Pinterest. Simply lay paper over the grass. I chose the leaf bags as my base since they are biodegradable. They kill the grass but disolve over time.
If you want a traditonal 4x8 bed, just modify your 2x6 wood pieces to have two pieces 8' long and two 4' long. The rest of the steps are the same.
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