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Building a raised garden bed

February 7, 2013

If you want to grow plants during the cold season or to enhance the look of your garden, you can build a simple raised garden bed. From our own experience, you will transform your vegetable garden in an attraction point. With the cost of the raw materials you can make a simple raised garden bed , in just a weekend. Build the frame from weather-resistant lumber and lock them together with lag bolts.

Fill the raised garden bed with quality soil, according to the plants you want to grow. In addition, if you want to increase the productivity and to protect the plants from cold weather, you can fit PVC arches and cover the raised bed with film. It is necessary to learn the needs of the plants you want to grow, otherwise you might use the wrong soil or not provide enough sun light. Make sure the vegetables receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day.

 

Build a raised garden bed

Building a raised garden bed

Building a raised garden bed

In order to get the job done as a professional, we recommend you to plan everything from the very beginning. In this manner, you will keep the costs under control and make a simple frame that will last for many years in a row. It is necessary to use quality raised garden bed plans, if you want to get a professional result and to prevent costly mistakes. We recommend you to use quality and weather-resistant lumber, such as: cedar, redwood or pine. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the lag screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. In addition, you need to countersink the head of the bolts, as to get a professional result.

There are many shapes you can choose from, according to your needs and according to the configuration of the garden. Check if the corners of the frame are right-angled, by using an L-square. In addition, we recommend you to level and plumb the frame of the raised garden bed. These techniques are straight-forward, but they play a significant role on the success of your project.

 

Resources:

http://myoutdoorplans.com/garden/free-raised-garden-bed-plans/

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