I’m sure this post wont be relevant or helpful for everyone… but I’ve been getting a lot of questions on how to build these garden beds. Also, I know some of you guys are garden lovers like myself…. and maybe you’re not thinking about making beds right now, but are happy to find more ideas for your future, one day, maybe soon gardens 🙂 If beds are a bit too big of a project, you can always check out our other (mostly money saving) garden DIY section.
Raised Garden Bed DIY
(Makes One 12’x3’x1′ Raised Bed)
2- 12′ x 1’Corrugated Metal Roofing Panels (Side)
2- 3′ x 1′ Corrugated Metal Roofing Panels (Side)
8- 16″ long 2″x4″ Rough Cedar Boards (Stakes)
2- 12′ long 3/4″x4″ Rough Cedar Boards w/ mitered 45 degree edges (Top Frame)
2- 3′ long 3/4″x4″ Rough Cedar Boards w/ mitered 45 degree edges (Top Frame)
1 Pack- 1-1/2″ Drive Straight Hex Sheet Metal Screws w/washers
12 – #8 x 1 1/4″ Coarse Screws
Cordless Drill (w/ appropriate bits, hex and phillips)
– Lay 4 of the 16″ 2x4s on the ground spaced 2 feet apart
– Set 1 of the 12′ metal pieces on top of the 16″ stakes
– Make all of the stakes flush with one side of the metal. The stakes will extend 2″ past the other side.
– Screw directly through the sheet metal into the wood using 3 screws for each stake
– Do this one more time to make 2 12′ sides.
– Clear bed site of weeds, grass, and other debris.
– Dig footers for the stakes. There are 8 stakes therefore we need 8 holes. The holes do not need to be that deep, 2″-3″.
– Lay one of the long built sides in the footer holes with the metal facing in.
– Fill in the holes with soil so the side stands on its own.
– Do this again for the other side.
– Once the long sides are in, simply screw the two 3′ metal side pieces into place.
– Now screw the top frame boards to their appropriate sides by laying them on top of the stakes. Use one screw for each stake.
– Line bottom with cardboard and newspaper.
– Fill with soil, amend with compost and manure, plant a garden, mulch, done.
– Throw a party!
Update: it’s now been over two years since we’ve built these beds. They’ve lasted through torrential downpours, miserable tropical summers, and even a hurricane! They’ve held up well and we have not had to put any work into fixing them up yet. yay!
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