Monday, June 16, 2014

How to Build A Raised Garden Bed for under $40

Ever since we starting making our backyard nicer, Marley has been asking to plant a vegetable garden, so we added that to our Summer Bucket List.  Now, to be perfectly honest, I've never been known to have a green thumb, so we're really hoping this will turn out with at least a few crops to harvest in the fall.  

We decided to start with one 4' x 8' raised garden bed for this year.  If all goes well, we'll add another bed in the early spring.  Here's how to make your own:

Home Depot had these 8' timbers on sale for $1.97 each over Memorial Day weekend, so we bought nine of them.

First, we laid three 8' timbers on top of one another.

After pre-drilling the holes in each end, we used a 3/8" x 8" screw to attach the timbers together.

I say "we" used the screws....meaning Mark used the screws.  Because he's strong and I'm not.  We did this for another set of three 8' timbers, which gave us our long sides of the bed.

Then, we cut the remaining three timbers in half, which gave us six 4' pieces for the ends.  Mark drilled the holes and screwed those together as well.

To attach the ends to the sides, we used inside corner braces and more screws.  This package was about $6 at Ace Hardware.

Mark screwed them into the middle timbers in each corner.

And voila!  Attached!

It's a simple, yet inexpensive garden bed that is now ready to be prepped for planting!

Total cost of our garden bed:

  • Eight 8' x 4' timbers @ $1.97 each = $15.76
  • Eight 3/8" x 8" screws @ $1.38 each = $11.04
  • Pack of four inside corner brackets = $5.99
  • TOTAL: $32.79

Stop by tomorrow to see how we're getting the soil ready, and what we're planting first!

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