My Raised Garden Beds

A person in a garden holding a bowl of fresh picked vegetables

Raised Garden Beds are great for vegetable gardening.  It’s garden planning season and there’s still plenty of time to plan.  Vegetable gardens are magical.

A person in a garden holding a bowl of fresh picked vegetables

My Raised Garden Beds

In 2019 I joined the rest of America and decided to start a garden.  Honestly, I just thought it would be fun and wanted to discover if I could actually do it, but it became so much more. 

Step 1:  Determine where will your garden grow

Due to the high clay content in our soil we decided to build up for the first three years.  

What an adventure!  Nothing is really easy (lol).

There were hours spent on deciding what kind of raised beds, negotiations with the hubs and lots of shopping and hulling of materials. 

I could not have completed this project without my husband; he did most of the heavy lifting and 90% of the building.  I did however learn how to cut the corrugated roof metal and was great at directing and holding wood pieces while he sawed and drilled and brought my vision to life.  Note:  Drilling into treated wood is not easy says this girl who creates recipes and children’s programs (haha)!

I originally wanted eight beds, but after four were completed we called a three year break on the garden expansion (lol).  In the end it was a good decision because it gave me time to discover what worked, what didn’t, what I could handle and what I wanted to handle. 

I am not going to give you technical advice on building these structures.  We watched youtube videos, decided our size and went to work.  However, my husband’s brilliant discovery on the first box, which we fixed, was that the metal needs reinforcement which was not in any of the videos we watched.  He doubled the metal sides and it made a huge difference once they were ready to fill so that the pressure of the dirt didn’t bow the metal outward.

Here are the simple steps of what we did…because this list leaves out the sweat and tears part!

My Raised Garden Beds

Homemade raised garden beds made out of medal sheeting and wood

Materials

  • 2x4 Pressure treated wood = used for the frame
  • 2x6 Pressure treated wood = used for the top
  • 8 Foot corrugated silver steel roof panels
  • 8"x16" concrete pavers
  • Dirt

Tools

  • Metal cutters
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Table saw
  • Tamper

Instructions

  1. Plan the size of your planters.
  2. Cut the 2 x 4 pieces of wood to create the frame using a table saw.
  3. Using an electronic drill and screws, create the frame.
  4. Cut the corrugated metal to fit the interior of the frame allowing for over lap to screw it into the frame. Note: We doubled the panels for strength.
  5. Using an electronic drill and screws, attach the metal to the to the frame on the inside of the frame.
  6. Cut the 2 x 6 pieces of wood with angles at the corners to create a picture frame affect on top of each box.
  7. Secure the picture frame top to the base frame using screws and an electric drill.
  8. Level the area where you are going to place the finished raised beds with dirt and a tamper..
  9. Place the concrete pavers on the leveled area to create a foundation to place your raised garden beds on top.
  10. Fill the planters with a combination of dirt and fertilizer; we use manure from a local farm.
See…doesn’t that sound easy!  My husband made it look easier than it was and by helping him I appreciated the time that goes into these projects.  Now when I see raised beds in peoples yards I know what went into creating them and almost always think about the time it took us to complete ours. And, me attempting to drill into pressure treated wood still makes me giggle. 

Big yellow bag and saratoga sod farm logos

DISCLAIMER:  I am not a master gardener!  I am not going to pretend to know all things gardening, because I do not.  I am learning, I am discovering, I am enjoying the process and I am simply sharing. I am welcome and open to suggestions in my journey because I believe that when we all share our struggles we help others get to a point much faster then we did.

I am more of a garden organizer and planner, which is half of the battle.

I look forward to sharing more adventures with you soon.  If you are interested in getting seeds started, egg shells are a great way to begin?  This is also a great earth day activity for kids.  Follow the link below the picture for a little seedling starting fun…

A young girl planting seeds in egg shells that are filled with dirt and have silly faces drawn on them

Egg Head Activity Link

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