Our Raised Bed Garden DIY Kit
My family and I recently began our raised bed gardening adventure and so far all I can say is it has been a very rewarding experience. In the past we have always grew a few tomatoes, some cucumbers and some onions, once we even ventured into square foot gardening. However, this time, it is less of a hobby or experiment and more of an attempt at a lifestyle change.
With the recent COVID 19 shutdown, I personally have found more time to focus on our preparedness transformation and so have my wife and kids. A recent trip to the super market was all it took for me to realize that we needed to up our game and start taking this more serious. One doesn’t have to look very long to realize that the cost of living is going up and one of the biggest expenses, food, is swiftly on the rise. There are many determining factors to this increase, inflation (brought on by the stimulus packages), high freight costs, shortage in truck drivers and reactionary hoarding or prepping due to the uncertainty of our time. Regardless of the cause, the opportunity presented itself and we have decided to change not only the way we eat, but what we eat as a family. This new change has led us to start producing more of our own vegetables and fruits.
I will be the first to say that we are not experts and are most assuredly learning as we go, but so far the journey has been fun and quite relaxing. I can personally see a de-stressing taking place with each passing day and have come to the understanding that not only is gardening cost effective it is also therapeutic.
With all of this being said, we have came up with a template to help you and your family on your gardening journey that will eliminate some trial and error and help you expedite the process. Just follow the directions below and give it a try, feel free to modify your dimensions and or replace plantings with your own personal preferences. The information below is just a template.
What you will need.
Our raised bed garden currently consists of 5 raised beds (we plan on expanding this process). The dimensions and items listed below will complete a 24 x 16 fenced in section with five (5) 4x8 raised bed gardens.
Raised Bed Material
How to build your garden.
Some of the advantages of using this method, which is very primitive, is that it does not require any hole digging and it can be done in about 2 hours. It is easy to take down, remember you used screws, and by putting the 1x6 or 2x6 boards at the bottom along the ground, it makes it very easy to trim or use a weed eater without getting clippings inside the garden area.
Although, we know this isn’t the end all be all of gardening, it is a snapshot of a simple set up that might help you and your family become more self-sufficient and don’t forget the fact that it is therapeutic.
Some other notes:
Some have asked about the plastic, in order to prevent it from holding moisture inside each box, we cut out a small section of plastic about 3 x 6 inside of each box, this allows the water to drain into the soil more effectively. Other options would be to put down a weed guard or to punch holes into the plastic to better help it drain.
*Feel free to add some corner pieces to reinforce the sturdiness of the fence if needed, you can recycle some old 2x4’s lying around to complete this task pretty effectively.
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