How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

I would like everyone to welcome my super talented and super amazing┬áhusband to the blog! He’s written this guest post about a pretty sweet raised garden bed that he built in our backyard!

 

anne and tom dancing

 

So, let’s get started!

raised garden bed

 

Last summer I lived in a townhouse that had nothing more than a small concrete patio for outdoor space. That didn’t stop me from growing some tomatoes in some pots.

tomato

After moving into my wife’s townhouse after we got married, I wanted to take my gardening to the next level. I set out to build a raised garden bed in the back yard.

backyard

Sad puppies lost some space…

 

After consulting several guides online and measuring out the space in the back yard, I decided that it needed to be 9 feet by 3 feet. As far as building supplies, I got:

  • 6 2x6x10 boards
  • 1 4x4x6 board
  • Wood screws

I started by digging up the area where the garden bed was going to go.

step1 step2

I then cut a couple pieces of the wood to make sure everything was level once the bed was in place.

step3

Since the sides of the bed would be 1 foot high, I took the 4×4 and cut them into 1 foot pieces, with an angle at the end so I could hammer it into the ground. Once all the pieces were cut, I started screwing everything together.

step4

I got some special fabric that’s supposed to keep weeds from growing through the bottom of the bed, so I lined the ground with it and put the bed on top.

step5

The next step was filling it up with dirt. I ended up getting about 12 bags worth.

step6

After the dirt went in I started putting in my plants.

step7

And now we play the waiting game. I put in 6 tomato plants, 2 squash plants, 1 zucchini plant, 2 bell pepper plants, broccoli, brussels sprouts, some basil, mint, and cilantro. I have doubts about some stuff surviving, but I’m certain I’ll have more tomatoes than I’ll know what to do with.

step8

finished product

Isn’t he amazing? I can’t wait to have fresh vegetables from our raised garden bed. The picket fence not only looks cute, but it keeps the wandering Shih Tzus out of the garden! They’re very curious. We had one break-in before Brian was able to fill all the gaps.

Do you have any awesome summer projects planned?

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6 Comments

  • Erica Jacquline | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    way to go! I would totally do this if I had the time ­čÖé


    • Sarah | April 27, 2014 | Reply

      I would never attempt it on my own! So glad that my husband it handy. I actually removed all the plants from the back when I moved in, so I wouldn’t have to bother!


  • Winter Benson | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    Awesome! I built 2 in my yard a couple years ago. I grow ever-bearing strawberries in one, and tomatoes and carrots in the other. I need to get them fertilized and prepped for planting on my next set off! ­čÖé


    • Sarah | April 28, 2014 | Reply

      I am jealous of the strawberries! We didn’t do any fruit, which would have been delicious. I am happy about all the fresh herbs that I’ll have. I even have started collecting recipes!


  • Backyard Makeover | Seriously, Sarah? | May 6, 2014 | Reply

    […] you may have read about the awesome garden that my husband built in our backyard. I absolutely love it and can’t wait for fresh vegetables and […]


  • Lazy Saturday Mornings | Seriously, Sarah? | May 10, 2014 | Reply

    […] Aside from bringing my grandma the typical flowers (I went with a potted plant this year), chocolate, a card, and gracing her with my presence, we’re also going to finally get to get rid of 10 bags of dirt. And when I say dirt, I mean like clay from where Brian built his raised garden bed. […]


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