One of the best ways to settle into a new property is by planting your very own garden! Building a collection of organically grown fruits, vegetables, and gorgeous flowers can be very fulfilling and an excellent hobby. Plus, it can significantly increase the value of your property!
One great way to start is by building your own raised garden bed. With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get the project underway. Building a raised garden bed is simple, inexpensive, and can also provide many long-term benefits.
The Edinburg owner-financed property sellers and realty experts of Santa Cruz Properties are here to guide you through the process of creating the perfect raised garden bed.
Make Your Property Stand out With a Raised Garden
1. Determining the Size and Location
The main factors to consider when building a raised garden are the size and dimensions of the garden, and finding a good place to assemble it. To get the best results, you should build your garden in a place where your plants will receive the most direct sunlight.
2. Gathering Supplies
Once you have figured out the dimensions and location for your raised garden bed, you will need to choose the right wood to use for your frame. Cedar and oak tend to be the most popular to build with because they are very durable.
After choosing your material, you can build a garden bed with any dimensions you would like. We will describe the simplest way to build a 4-by-8-foot bed frame to give you an idea of the process, but you can use the steps to make a frame of any size or shape you would like.
You will need the following materials:
- (2) 2×12 planks that equal out to 8 feet
- (2) 2×12 planks that equal out to 4 feet
- (12) 2 feet pieces of rebar
- (1) mallet or hammer of any kind
- Cardboard or newspaper
3. Assembling Your Frame
To create a raised garden bed, first, you will need to build your frame:
- In the location you’ve chosen for your garden, place all four planks along the outside of the framed area. You will have one central area that is empty with the planks, the walls of your frame, laying around the edge with just their inner corners touching.
- Stand one of the 8’ planks on its edge upright. Hammer down two pieces of the rebar 1 foot away from each end of the plank on its outside to hold it up. Use the rubber mallet until the two pieces of rebar are a few inches deep in the ground.
- Sit up the short sides. Use one piece of rebar each in the center of the boards to hold them up temporarily.
- Prop up the other 8’ side, and adjust your short sides and the final long side as necessary to create a tight frame.
- Hammer in two pieces of rebar a foot from each end of the 8’ plank on its outside.
- Sit up your short sides, and remove the temporary supports. Hammer in rebar a foot from each end of each short side just like you did with the 8’ sides.
- Add two more pieces of rebar per 8’ plank. They should be 2’ apart along both long sides
- Hammer in each piece of rebar until they only reach 6 to 10 inches above the ground. They will hold up the planks with the soil pressing against them from the inside.
- Line your frame with newspaper or cardboard on the bottom and wet it thoroughly.
4. Add Soil and Start Planting
Perhaps the most important element in this entire project is choosing the right type of soil to use. A good blend of soil consists of topsoil, compost, manure, and other organic materials. Once you’ve filled up the bed with the right amount of soil, make sure to flatten it out and level it to make sure it is not overflowing.
Finally, it is time to start planting! It is crucial to plan out how often you will need to water your raised garden bed in order for your crops to flourish. Generally, you will want to give your garden one inch of water every week.
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