How to Build Raised Beds for Next to Nothing


| 6/10/2016 10:42:00 AM


Tags: raised beds, small space gardening, garden planning, do it yourself projects, Judith Docken, Alberta, Canada,

Hand Built Raised Garden Beds

Raised beds can make gardening easy for a number of reasons. They warm up faster in the spring, they are easier to weed and maintain, and they give a garden a nice, organized look. Also, the soil does not get compacted because you do not need to walk on the soil around the plants.

Almost any gardening center or home-improvement warehouse-type store carries raised-bed kits or treated lumber that can be used to build raised beds.

However, one way to have the raised beds you want for next to nothing — or free — is to look for free lumber.

This can be found in a number of places. Some of the best wood for raised beds are old fence boards. Search through community buy-and-sell websites for anyone in your area who is rebuilding a fence and is giving away their old fence boards, or someone who is throwing out scrap lumber from a construction project.

A good size for raised beds is about 12 inches high, 2 or 3 feet deep and about 5 or 6 feet long. As old fence boards are generally around 6 inches wide and 5 or 6 feet long, they are ideal for this project.




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