Gardening at home can be annoying when dealing with certain factors affecting your gardening experience. Pests and weeds can make you consider another option other than using regular gardens for planting at home. It would be best to use raised garden beds to facilitate better soil usage, better drainage, and less weeding. Raised garden beds with legs even work better as they make your crops entirely out of reach to annoying rodents. You also don’t need to worry about soil erosion after heavy rainfall.
Constructing your own raised garden bed with legs depends on your specifications and gardening requirements. So, you can always tweak design measurements to suit your plan. For instance, an excellent option for your raised garden bed is to use a sturdy, durable material or construct it with Redwood or cedar. You could also use any weather-resistant material, as long as it is tolerable for vegetables.
If you are considering growing your crops indoors, garden beds are also a great option as they allow your crops to get ample sunlight, mainly when raised with legs. Besides, if your environment is known to have rodents, it is great if your crops are beyond their reach.
Building A Raised Garden Bed With Legs
Here are factors you need to consider before constructing a raised garden bed:
- Where do you want to place the garden bed?
- How do you intend to use it?
You can decide to build different garden beds for different planting purposes. For instance, you can have a separate bed for tomatoes while another bed holds the carrots.
Ultimately, the purpose of your raised garden bed determines how you should construct it. And if you plan to use your raised garden bed indoors, you may want to leave off enough space not to choke the room where you are planting.
- 20 pressure-treated cedar boards measuring 2 by 4 by 8(depending on the size you want to build)
- One 1 by 2 by 8 cedar board
- A box of two 1/2 screw
- A miter saw
- A tape measure
- A drill
- Drill bits
The measurement you use depends on the size of your raised-garden bed. Take the twenty 2 by 4 pieces and cut them as follows:
- Eight 3 ft, 11.75-inch pieces for the long side,
- Eight 3ft, 4-inch pieces for the short side.
- Four 36-inch pieces for the long leg pieces,
- Four 23-inch pieces for the short leg pieces
- Four 9.25-inch pieces for the bottom short leg pieces
- Cut two pieces to 36.75-inches each for the leg supports
- Building the legs
Take both ends of the long and short legs pieces and screw them together. Make sure that both ends align equally. The longer piece should be behind the shorter leg piece. Then, there’ll be enough space above the short leg piece. This gap will serve as the height of the bed space. Repeat this process for the second leg pair.
Next, take the support boards and add them to the top of the completed legs to fill the space left by the longboards. Do the same for both legs and fasting them with screws. There should be a space between the support board and the shorter part of the plank.
Add in the leg supports in the space provided and screw in tightly. The four legs should be complete now. Stand them both to form H’s, facing each other with the cross piece toward the top. Connect the two legs at the top with the long side bed pieces sideways.
- Creating the sides and base
Start piling up the remaining side wood pieces to fill up the sides. Screw them tightly to hold the pieces together. You should do this towards the outside, not inside the frame of legs.
When you’re done with the side, screw the 1 by 2-inch piece along the frame to form a base. Cut off the remaining wood pieces to fit inside the garden bed as the floor. You don’t have to measure them equally to leave small spaces between them. These spaces will help water flow easily.
Check that the fittings are secure, and the raised garden bed can stand on its own. And if it does, you’re good to go! So what’s next? How do you start your garden on a raised garden bed with legs?
How Do You Start Your Garden On A Raised Garden Bed With Legs
The thing is, with raised garden beds with legs, you are planting similar to planting on the ground. You’re not using as much space as you would on the ground, and you still enjoy the advantage of having the vegetables or crops in a neat space. And although they are similar, some procedures change slightly when growing on raised-garden beds.
Fill the bed with enough soil, as it would be sufficient on the ground. You can get soil at a local agric store near you or mix up your DIY soil.
When you’ve filled your bed with enough soil, bury in your seeds, and make sure to include an effective irrigation system. Raised garden beds with legs allow more soil drainage, so enough watering is important.
As long as you have gotten a good irrigation system and you have your soil intact, you can start planting on your raised garden beds with legs. Yes, it is that simple!