Friday, June 1, 2012

DIY Raised Bed Garden

Scripture to Live By: 
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task.  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.   For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God's building.       1 Corinthians 3:6-9


Garden Post:
My husband and I used to plant large gardens, when our children were at home, but now that there is just the two of us, we decided to downsize on our garden space and go with two raised gardens.  My husband believes the following statement , "There are two things that money can't buy, true love and home grown tomatoes."  So tomatoes were one of the plants we were surely  going to plant in our garden.  We are looking forward to seeing what our garden will produce, as well as seeing how it will do in a confined space.  So we began the process of getting every thing we would need to make our raised gardens. Below I have listed these steps in the order we did them. 
1.  Order your dirt or get bags of dirt. (We purchase a truck load of dirt, because we planned to make more than one raised bed and to use the rest in other places in our yard.)
You will need 1 1/2 yards of dirt per raised bed, if you make it the dimensions we did.




2. Lay out the area where you want your garden to be, and  stake it out a few feet larger than the plan of your bed in all directions.  If you are making more than one bed, leave a couple of feet between each bed to walk through and to work.   Put stakes around it.
3. Kill the grass in that area.



After your grass dies, lay out your bed or beds the size you what them to be.  Ours are 4' x 10' x 12" high.  Some of the lumber we used we already had on hand, the rest we purchased.  We purchased grass killer and Weed Block as well.


If you are purchasing the materials, you will need:

3 -  2" x 12" by 10 feet long boards (Two of the boards will be used for the sides. 
The third board will be used for each end and four gussets.  Cut off two four feet boards from this 10' footer.  The remainder of the board you will use for your gussets. 
To make your gussets, measure the remainder of your board and mark the half point, then cut the board in half.  You will have two pieces, then draw a line from corner to corner and it will look like a triangle.  Cut on the drawn line and you will have four gussets.  (in the picture below, the tips of the triangles are cut off  because we were using scraps of lumber that we had on hand)  You will not need to cut the tips off of your triangle boards.



Pictures below will show you where to place your gussets.

We screwed our boards with number 8 by 3 inch deck screws.  You will need approximately 40 of these screws per raised bed.





 You will also need a roll of Weed Block. It comes in different widths, so you want to buy a 4 foot wide roll.   The roll we purchased came with spikes to stabilize it to the ground.  If you look closely you can see it in the picture below.





4. Measure out the 4' x 10' bed and put your stakes down. Next, roll out your weed block to fit the area, we cut ours a little longer than the 4' x 10' measurement. Lay your boards out as shown in the picture below.



Nail or screw the boards together. (My husband used screws instead of nails because he thinks the screws are sturdier, and if you need to take it apart, it is easier to get apart.

Next attach the other 10' board as shown below:




Leave the bottom of your bed open until you get your dirt in the bed.  We used a wheel barrel to get our dirt in the bed.


Notice the gusset placement in the picture above.







Once you have filled the bed with the dirt, nail the bottom board into place.  Rake out your garden and now you are ready to start planting. 


We planted 12 tomato plants, 6 pepper plants and 3 rows of green bean in one of our beds.  In the other bed we planted zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers and 3 more rows of green beans.








We are so looking forward to the fruit of our labor, but as I thought on our little garden that my husband and I have planted and watered, I reflected on the truth of the matter that only God can give the increase and make it grow.  It certainly is the time to plant in our area of the country, if we want to reap a harvest in the fall.  So if it is time to plant in your area, perhaps you will consider a raised garden.

Blessings,



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19 comments:

  1. Thanks for this helpful post! I will more then likely be doing this sometime this summer. I would love it if you would come share this at Sunday Round UP! http://www.kaylascreationsblog.com/2012/06/sunday-round-up-12.html
    -Kayla :)

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    1. Thank you for viewing my post. I hope it is helpful Thank you also for the invitation to link up to you Sunday Round U0p. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  2. I found your blog through the Sundae Scoop. I've got to say I really like your garden but I love the scripture you used at the beginning. My devotional just used the same passage this week!

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    1. Thank you so much for viewing my post and your comment. I am so glad that God gives the increase'm We can only do what God has asked us to do but God is the one who gives the increase in our lives as well as the garden. I am so very thankful for His mercy, love and grace. Blessings to you dear onem Jo-Ann

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  3. Such an inspirational project! your gardens continue to bless me thank you so much! Deidre http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank yo so much Deidre, You are a blessing to me as you view my post and comment on them. May God bless you this day, Jo-Ann

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  4. Jo-Ann,
    I've been wanting to make some raised beds. Thank you so much for sharing the "how-to". Your beds turned out great! Can't wait to see how your garden grows. :-)
    Sharla

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    1. Thank you so much for viewing my post. Hope you will make some. I am going to share how my garden is growing. we look at it every day. Thank you for your encouraging words.


      blessings, Jo-Ann

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  5. LOVE this...very lovely garden.... such a wonderful post.. Thanks SO much for linking to Pin'Inspirational Thurday's, hope you are back again this week.. xo ~ Marilyn

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  6. Marilyn, Thank you so much for viewing my post and your very encouraging words. Blessing to you, Jo-Ann

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  7. Those are beautiful! Much nicer then the ones we made! Hopefully in the future we will replace what we have with something more fancy. We just used old wood sitting around our house! Thanks for the tutorial!
    Amy
    the-coupon-pantry.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for viewing my post. So glad you like it. We are glad to have a garden this year. I will be sharing more about it in a week or so. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  8. This is beautiful! I am so disappointed in myself this year for not starting a garden sooner. In my area of Arkansas its too late already! You have inspired me for next year!
    -Kylie
    absolutelyarkansas.blogspot.com

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    1. Kylie, Thank you so much for your comment, I appreciate it so much. Hope you can have one nexr year. Ours is growing well. I am planning to do a follow up post. Thank you for viewing my post. I hope you will continue to visit. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  9. Love your garden :) Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

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    1. So glad you like my garden. I appreciate you putting the time and effort into having party. Blessing to you, Jo-Ann

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  10. Your garden beds are great! I love that you have planted in them! Your hubby is right! Nothing tastes as wonderful as a home grown tomato. I think it's because of the love that goes into growing your own :-) Thank you for sharing this at my party! I can't wait to see what you share next!

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  11. This is great! I love gardening. We just need to get a backyard now. ;-) But I'll remember this for when we do!

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  12. Gardening is a great hobby which has many benefits. Many people find it fun, enriching and rewarding. It provides us an opportunity to express our imagination and creativity. It also gives us a great sense of fulfillment as we watch the plants grow whilst we nurture them.

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