Easy Raised Garden Beds

After swearing up and down that I was going to get my raised beds built over the Winter, or at least early Spring (Ha!), I finally buckled down and kicked myself into gear this week.

The large garden plot we’ve used for the last few years has steadily given less and less. The soil is depleted (it wasn’t good soil to begin with) and whilst I should have focused on feeding the soil this past fall, I put the garden to bed and decided to go solely with raised beds this growing season.

Why, you ask? For a few reasons, actually.

  • Better drainage
  • Prevents soil compaction
  • Less weeds
  • Helps prevents snails/slugs
  • Easier on the back

I’ll be honest…I think I’ve seen maybe two slugs in the garden. Like, ever. I encourage natural wildlife around here and I truly believe that’s helped cut down on them. Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself. 

But my main reasoning is said soil issues. I’d like to start new with fresh soil and see where it takes me this season. That way, I can give the old garden some much needed lovin’, allowing it to rest and recover.

I almost feel silly posting a “How To” for these beds–they’re seriously that easy.

I opted for using untreated Douglas Fur wood. I don’t want any chemicals to leak into the soil and into my plants, and even being untreated, this wood will still last a few years before it begins to rot. Considering we’re planning a big move within the next one-two years (more on that in a later post), I’m fine with this.

It’s far less expensive than Cedar, which has a natural resistance to rot, typically taking 10+ years to start to break down. Had I been worried about permanence, I probably would have opted for cedar.

I bought six pieces of wood–each 2″x10″, at 8 feet long. My plan was to build two raised beds, each 8’x4′.

Grab a box of screws if you don’t have them around–we went with Deckmate (the cheapest I saw) #9 x 3in. Make sure your screws are long enough–they need to be a certain length to keep the wood together nice and snug.

First things first–Take one of the pieces of wood and mark it right in the middle, at 4 feet. Use a saw to make a cut at your mark. This will be the two shorter sides. See photo above.

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See? How easy is that?!

Now, make sure you’ve got the sides lined up right–you don’t want the pieces to screw together crooked. Aesthetics, guys. I mean it–it’ll drive you crazy if it’s even slightly off.

Ask me how I know this.

All pieces aligned correctly? Good. Screw together like so. My brother did three screws for each piece of wood.

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 There we go.

That’s it! You’re done.

I mean, building them. You still need to fill them up and plant em’.

But seriously, how easy was that? I made two, and decided I’m going to build more. Because they’re pretty, and two just isn’t enough.

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 Happy building, my friends!

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