Step 1: Building Raised Garden Beds

Garden area before

I decided to use raised garden beds instead of digging in the ground because it seemed easier and honestly, I’m a bit lazy. It also helped that there was a 4X4′  raised garden bed in the backyard from the previous homeowner. I didn’t want to go too big or too small for the size, so like Goldilocks I chose a size in the middle and settled on a 4X8′.

Next I did some research on local home improvement store websites to see what products were out there that I could use. I didn’t want to go too high-end in case (the very real possibility) things don’t work out. I settled on the
Frame It All variety. It seemed easy enough to put together and that it would hold up.

Using Power Tools to Build the Garden Box

Using Power Tools to Build the Garden Box

Once I got home and opened the box in the backyard to start the assembly process, I realized there were a few broken pieces. One to never let an incomplete set stop me, I plunged ahead with the help of my husband.
Thanks SJ!

As I thought, the raised bed was pretty easy to put together. It just took drilling a few holes, inserting some screws and snapping the pieces into place. I even got to use some power tools (and looked good doing it!)

After an hour or so, including preliminary work like leveling the ground, we had a raised bed. We also put down a screen to prevent weeds from growing.

Adding dirt was a step for another day. It was enough effort to get the thing built.

Partially Built Garden Box

Partially Built Garden Box

Finished Garden Box Close Up

Finished Garden Box






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2 thoughts on “Step 1: Building Raised Garden Beds

  1. Good for you! I’m really excited to see your posts. I am also an aspiring (but not very good) gardener. I’m so sorry you had to give up running. Also, is that a monkey on the other page? :)

  2. Thanks for checking out the blog Moora! Gardening has been fun so far and jumping in is a good way to learn how to do it.

    I really miss running and have a hope that I can get back to it but that’s unlikely. But I’ve been trying yoga and other activities to stay busy. And yes, that is a monkey. On our last cruise we visited an animal park and the monkey really liked playing with my hair.

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