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Great DIY Raised Garden Beds Ideas – 2 Effortless Ways!

DIY Raised Garden Beds
DIY Raised Garden Beds

DIY Raised garden beds are great if you have anything less than good soil and are also kind to the gardener’s back. They are great for growing small plots of veggies and flowers as they keep pathway weeds from the soil.

Raised beds also prevent soil compaction and erosion, provide good drainage, and serve as a barrier to pests like slugs and snails. Raised Bed Garden Project Samples

Simple DIY raised garden beds are obviously ideal for small gardens. If your yard could only use one or two garden beds, then these simple ideas are for you!

When building your raised garden, you would want to avoid chemically treated lumber especially if you are growing your own produce. The best woods to use for this kind of DIY project are cedar and redwood as both are naturally rot resistant.

You’ll need these materials:

  • Cedar Wood
  • Galvanized Screws
  • Redwood

And these tools:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Miter Saw
  • Cordless Drill

Cedar DIY Raised Garden Beds

Before you start constructing your raised garden bed, make sure that you have purchased all the materials and tools required for the construction process.

You will also need to decide where to construct the raised bed, as this will also determine what materials you can use to build it. You can build it out of wood, metal or plastic, depending on your preference.

Knowing the best wood for gardening furniture is an important part of crafting your own raised beds. Cedar and redwood are the best choices for raised garden beds because they won’t rot easily and will not warp over time.

Both of these woods have natural oil in them that keeps them from rotting. You should still treat your cedar and redwood garden beds every few months with a special oil that will keep the wood from drying out and cracking.

Measure your space

Before cutting down your wood into pieces, make sure to measure the available space you have to accommodate your DIY raised garden beds.

For example, if you want to use a piece of land underneath a tree, make sure that the width of the trees is not too wide to accommodate your DIY raised garden beds. Or if you want them in your backyard, then you must check the available space where you can put them.

After measuring, cut your wood (redwood will serve as sidings of your DIY raised garden beds, and cedar will serve as the main frame of the platform) according to the measurements of your available space.

Assemble your DIY Raised Garden Beds

Put your DIY Raised garden bed together, you can use nails or galvanized screws if you want. Just make sure they are sturdy enough to withstand the weather conditions outdoors.

Would you like to have your own raised garden beds in your backyard? Then what are you waiting for? grab some woods, nails or galvanized screws, a saw, a hammer and a shovel.

This will surely be a good and productive weekend project for you! You can, of course, do it with your family and friends. You can even make it a healthy competition amongst yourselves. These will make you strive hard to have raised garden bed with the abundant produce.

Your kids will be thrilled and excited about how much produce will they be harvesting when the time comes. So What are you waiting for? Start early!

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Thanks to Chris Loves Julia this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

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