Raised bed gardening has a lot of benefits as compared to traditional gardening. However, raised beds could cost a lot because of all the materials needed to make one. Good thing you can DIY your own garden bed, which can be fun to do.
Raised Bed Gardening: Create Your Own Raise Garden Bed
Raised beds are very easy to make and best of all easy to maintain after you build it. You just need to have the right space in your backyard, you don’t have to use the soil you have in your garden. Just make sure you use the right wood and soil when doing your raised bed gardening. Here is a step by step guide on how you can create one for your garden. This is exciting!
- Two 2 x 12 in. planks, 8 ft long
- Two 2 x 12 in. planks, 4 ft long
- Twelve pieces of 2 feet rebar
- Rubber mallet
Start off by positioning your boards where you want to put them and arrange the planks accordingly on the orientation of the raised bed and where you want to put it. Place the two 8 feet long planks on opposite sides then the two 4 feet long planks on the top and bottom to create the box.
Once the boards are in position, get ready to hammer it down the ground. Raise one of the longer planks sideways and hammer down the rebar a few inches to the ground and about a foot length from both corners.
Align the frame and do it to all the sides and hammer the rebar on the shorter plank just in the middle of the plank. This will create support for the planks and the entire raised bed that you’re doing.
Now that everything is in place and standing up, add more rebars to complete the support, about a foot apart from each other. You can add more support on the shorter side and possibly add two more on both sides. When it is all set, hammer it down to complete the support until at least 6-10 inches are exposed to the ground.
For the bottom of the raised bed, fill it up with the newspaper. As an alternative, you can use cardboards to make it sturdier and flatter if you want it to be that way. Wet the newspaper or cardboard after.
Lastly, fill the raised bed with soil until there are a few inches left on top. Now, you’re ready for your raised bed gardening. There are a lot of crops you can plant and the best things to grow for these kinds of beds are root vegetables or leafy greens.
For an even cheaper raised bed gardening DIY, watch this video from The Crafty Gemini:
Wasn’t that fun? Now that you did your raised bed gardening DIY, it’s time to fill it up with the plants you wish to plant. I would recommend planting onions, tomatoes, and potatoes. They’re my favorite to eat and very easy to grow especially on raised beds.