In this guide, I will detail how you can make a cheap & effective raised bed for your vegetables or flowers.
You will need the following:-
- 4 planks of wood (old fencing panels are ideal), to make a square then they all need to be the same length, to make a rectangle, cut 2 planks equally according to desired size.
- 4 bits of 2 inch square wood (they need to be the same length as the width of the planks of wood
- At least 8 heavy duty wood screws
- Screw driver or drill driver.
- Wood preserver or wood paint
Screw 1 end of 2 planks of wood onto 1 bit of the 2x2 wood. So they are joined at a 90-degree angle. Use at least 1 screw in each end of the planks of wood, however you can use more screws to provide added strength to the raised vegetable bed if you wish.
Screw the rest of the bits of wood together in the same method as above. You should end up with a square/rectangular frame with the 2x2 wood on the inside of each corner to hold it all together.
Now apply the wood preserver or wood paint to the whole frame. Once dry, it is advisable to give the frame a 2nd coat to increase the lifetime of the raised bed. If you are using your raised beds to grow edible produce, it is advisable to go for a special non-toxic wood preserver. This is slightly more expensive than the cheaper preservers but it stops any harmful chemicals used in the creation of the preserver leaching into the soil within the bed & then obviously into the edible produce you are growing.
Now decide where the raised bed for you vegetables or flowers is going to go. If it is on a lawned area, you will need to remove the grass to minimise the chance of weeds coming through.
Once the bed is in place, fill with quality compost & plant your vegetables or flowers as you desire.
You can increase the height of the raised bed if you wish by simply increasing the length of 2x2 used and attaching 2 planks of wood to the 2x2 instead of just 1. If doing this, it is advisable to strengthen the middle of the raised bed frame by screwing additional bits of 2x2 wood halfway along the length of the planks. This ensures the planks will not flex in opposite directions resulting is compost exiting through the resulting gap.
There you have your very own homemade raised be for your vegetables or flowers.