Gardening is a homesteading staple activity, but before you can start that garden, you have to be ready to plant. Let me tell you, there is a lot to do to get ready to plant. From seeds to compost it can quickly become overwhelming, so we are going to start at the VERY beginning…. The garden bed. Sure you could just plant directly in your yard, but don’t! Trust me on this one boys and girls, you want to make some raised garden beds. What you fill them with (dirt, compost, etc) will make the difference between a sad little garden and something to be proud of.
I did research on the different types of pressure treated woods in the market today and then compared how long treated vs. untreated wood would last, blah, blah, blah and for my money vs. risk and all that “stuff” we decided to go with pressure treated. The wood we bought contain copper and a fungicide but no arsenic. The copper keeps insects at bay, and the fungicide prevents soil fungus from attacking the wood. I feel comfortable with the choice we made and honestly, compared to the food people buy in the store, and who knows what’s on (or in) it!?!?! And while I feel totally comfortable with the extreme remote chance of leaching from the wood I bought. You buy what you feel comfortable with and your budget allows.
You can either buy the boards in 6 foot lengths or cut down longer boards as we did. I got a super duper circular saw for Mother’s Day a few years back and it made sizing all the lumber fast and easy. I used 2×6 (2 inch thick and 6 inches tall) lumber but if you want to go taller, by all means, knock your socks off! But remember to adjust the length of your 4 corner posts. My corner post are made from a 4×4 which will make them super strong and they were really easy to drill screws in (like shooting a penny at the broad side of a barn!)
Once all our wood was cut to size (which we did all of them before we started so we could knock them out assembly line style) we laid out each bed with all its parts. We used the deck screws to put each bed together. We used four screws per corner, two on each (for a total of 16 per bed.) We were going to pre-drill the holes but it was just faster to put them in, again we were aiming at a LARGE target so it wasn’t like we were going to miss and split a board.
I love how easy these raised garden beds were to make, and I think they look beautiful!! While I don’t have carpentry skills , I managed to pull off this simple buils, so why not give it a try. I even made a split two level one!!! I promise these will make your yard beautiful, your garden easier to manage and best of all you can take pride in them and say, yup, I made that!
Grab some wood and get busy!