The neat thing about a raised bed garden is that you can make it as big or small as you want so that it can easily fit your lifestyle. Keeping things in squares ensures that you are planting where you need to and keeps things organized. Here’s how to make an easy square foot garden that will not have you pulling your hair out!
We made two that were 4 feet by 8 feet so we could access either side without having to step into the bed. This had been very convenient over the years when trying to tend to the garden.
- Pressure treated 2×6, 2×8, or 2×10 depending on how tall you want your raised bed. 5/4 x 6 deck boards will also work.
- Pressure treated 2×4 cut to the height of the raised portion plus an additional 6-8 inches which will be driven into the ground for support.
- Stainless steel screws or galvanized nails for securing the boards together
- Enough top soil and/or compost to fill the frame
HOW TO MAKE IT
1. Since we made ours square foot garden 4′-0″ by 8′-0″, I took one 5/4 x 6 board 8′-0″ long and cut it in half, giving me my two ends.
2. Next I took two 5/4 x 6 boards 8′-0″ long and nailed and them to the ends making the frame.
3. Now take the 2 x 4 and cut it into smaller pieces, ours were 16 inches long. Once you cut them to length, make two angled cuts on one end, making a stake that will be easy to drive into the ground.
4. Once you make your stakes, drive them into the ground, either inside or outside the frame. After you have all your stakes driven into the ground, use nails or screws to secure the frame to the stakes.
5. Once your frames are built and secured to the stakes, break up the soil inside the frame and remove any rocks, roots, etc. and mix in the top soil and/or compost.
We also added one bag (approx 42lbs) of Miracle Grow garden soil to give our garden a little boost. The only thing left to do is determine how many squares you want to make out of your garden. I used masons string, but you can also use twine to layout your squares.
WHEN TO PLANT
The general rule of thumb (the one my grandparents and parents taught me) is to plant after or on Mother’s Day. We are in the south east and experience 2 more cold snaps in the spring. So, it is safe to wait until Mother’s Day to make sure the chance of frost is completely gone.
After all the “work” is done, just plant and enjoy the vegetables of your labor!
My name is Matthew, father to Graham and Davis and husband to Felicia. I am a steel construction project manager by day and a builder/gardener/plumber/painter/mover/landscaper and much more by night. I enjoy spending time with my wife and son and working around the house to spruce things up and save money at the same time. Because of my above listed activities, I do not have time for a twitter account or my own blog!