Raised garden beds are fairly easy to construct and even easier to maintain. Here is advice on how to build raised garden beds for your backyard. The concept is pretty simple, and you don’t need more than simple tools and a little hard work to get it done right.
Select a location for your garden with plenty of sun and access to both sides for easy upkeep. Mark the outline of the garden bed on the ground and dig up the sod without disturbing the soil underneath. Check the ground with a level to make sure the base is even. You can have a productive garden and we’ll walk you through the basic steps on building one that you will enjoy for years to come.
Benefits of a Raised Garden
- Ideal for smaller spaces
- Produces a higher yield for the area, thanks to better drainage and deep rooting
- Allows for a longer growing season, since you can work the soil more quickly in the spring in frost-hardened regions
- Makes gardening easier; for example, intensive planting creates shade mulch to keep the weeds down
What do you need and how much is it going to cost?
Here are the basic materials you are going to need. Building a standard 3-ft x 5-ft garden bed with wood is typical, however, you also can use blocks, pavers or stone.
- Four 16-inch-long 4-by-4s ($15), Corner posts
- Two 4-foot-long 2-by-12s ($35), Bed ends
- Two 8-foot-long 2-by-12s ($65), Bed sides
- Twenty-four 3 1/2-inch #14 wood screws ($5)
- 20 cubic feet (10 bags) of planting soil. 10 bags of Sta Green Garden Soil Item 13295, about $7 bag. Or 10 bags of Miracle Gro Garden Soil item Item 156800, about $9 bag.
- 16 cubic feet of compost, peat or manure (8 bags). About $2.50- $7 a bag.
In most cases, cedar is the best wood to use for garden beds because cedar is naturally rot resistant. Western red cedar is commonly used, as well as white cedar, yellow cedar and Juniper. Redwood is another excellent rot-resistant wood, but availability of redwood is limited and more expensive. You can also use pine, it is cheaper but it will not last as long.
How long the wood will last depends on the type of cedar and your local weather conditions. In most gardens, using cedar for building the beds, some of these beds have lasted 12-15 years. In general, you should expect about 10 years from a cedar bed before needs to be replaced.
Initial Cost For Raised Garden Bed
Total cost for materials for a raised garden bed will be about $200-$250. Now, that may seem like a lot, but remember, its only material you buy once. Next year, all you will need is maybe a few bags of soil and then buy your seeds and plants.
How TO Build A Raised Garden Bed For $15