Do you struggle getting your vegetable garden to thrive during the summer? If so, you’re not alone. Simplify the process of growing your own fruits and vegetables by building a raised garden bed in your yard. Raised beds don’t take up much yard space and make growing virtually any plant easier. Just follow these steps:
1. Mark it off: Determine how large you want your raised bed to be. Common sizes include 4’x4′, 4’x8′ and 4’x12′. Mark off the area where your raised bed will be placed and level the ground beneath it.
2. Construct your walls: Use a 1′ tall 4″x4″ placed vertically for each of your corners and 2″x10″ or 2″x12″ lumber for the side and end rails. Use screws to connect the rails to the corners, and a carpenter’s square to make sure the rails and corners are lined up.
3. Re-level the bed: Once your raised bed is constructed and placed, be sure to double check that it is level.
4. Fill the bed: Purchase a combination of top soil and compost to fill your bed with. Unsure of how much to buy? Try this handy calculator.
5. Let it rest: Give the new raised bed a week or two to settle before planting in it.