The desire to do our own diy around the house at home is something that all homeowners, both male and female aspire to on a regular basis. So the thought of building our own raised garden beds often enters the equation with most gardeners and this concept is very easily achieved, with a small bit of planning, some materials, a few diy tools like a saw and a hammer, we are good to go. Afterall, a raised bed is a simple frame or box with four sides and placed on the ground, its then filled with soil and compost and thats it. There are hundreds of variations of raised beds and there are lots of different shapes, sizes, colours and are made from all types of different materials, with that in mind its fair to say, its an easy task to construct one of these ourselves.
There are a few issues to take into consideration, before attempting to construct a diy raised bed and these are just a few thoughts on;
- What size and depth,
- What materials to use,
- How many beds,
- What we want to grow.
A good idea is to plan ahead before we start, draw out a rough idea on a piece of paper, agree on the size and of course decide what materials we would like to use. The majority of people use timber as its easy to work with, its light and also very durable, so its gives us great room for manoverability. Old discarded scaffolding planks, pallets, timber set aside from a roofing project or off cuts from a lumber yard will easily suit for this project. As soon as we have all of those isssues and concerns seen to, its time to get building and make this a great diy project, that we can be proud of and one that we can always show-off to our neighbours or friends. A quick browse through the internet for ideas and pointers will result in thousands of plans and sketches, which may give us inspiration on how we would like our own diy raised garden bed to look.
Simple and functional;
The whole concept of diy raised beds is to assemble a structure that will function as an area where we can grow our vegetables or plants, to be as simple as possible to construct and finally not to cost the earth in money terms. How aesthetically pleasing it looks is not the primary purpose of our exercise, but something that we can be proud of and say to ourselves, we built this from scratch and we did’nt ever think that we could construct something as good as this ever. We will definitely hone our skills eventually by getting involved in an exercise of this nature and we could mildly surprise ourselves and our neighbours or friends by telling them about our newest ideas out in the garden. We don’t need to be a carpenter or tradesperson to accomplish an undertaking of this magnitude as again, we just need to tell ourselves its just a square planting box in the garden and we are going to grow some vegetables in later on.
DIY cost of a raised bed;
We can accomplish this project for approx $30 – $50 easily, and maybe for a lot less if we have been clever about sourcing our materials. Like we mentioned above, the materials ( timber ) is the largest portion of our budget and this cost can be easily affrayed by looking around in different areas for all types or lengths of wood , say in building sites, lumber stores or junk yards and in some places the owners would only be too glad to give it away at a bargain or in some cases, maybe give it away for free.
Learn from our diy experiences:
Lets assume that this is our first attempt at building a raised bed frame and we are happy with the result, then it would be a good idea to take stock of what we actually achieved, how with a little bit of creativity, ingenuity and a bit of get up and go, we were able to accomplish a fully functional raised bed garden. If we have any thoughts on constructing another raised bed, we will have learned a great deal from our initial experience and we can always expand on our first attempt. We can make it wider, deeper, longer or any shape size or dimension that we want, as long as we plan and think ahead about what we need for our gardening requirements.
Plant-up and enjoy;
After construction is complete, its a case of fill up with topsoil, farmyard manure and or compost and begin planting. Some people remove the grass sod ( approx 3-6 inches deep ) then dig the surface within the raised bed frame, so that the existing soil and the new infilled soil will integrate properly and this makes it easier for deep rooted plants or vegetables to grow downwards as nature inrtended. The work of planting, sowing and harvesting of our vegetables is another days work and again like the diy experience of building the raised bed frame, we will with experience and plenty practice, become accomplished gardeners as well. It takes time and we will learn as we go along, some mistakes may possibly be made, but more importantly some valuable lessons will alsobe learned along the way. The key is to take action, make a start and get outside. With plenty of enthusiasm and a positive attitude and approach, these tasks can be achieved easily. Once again I hope that you enjoyed this simple post on a diy approach to gardening with raised beds and if so please leave any comments in the box below. We will endeavour to answer any queries as soon as possible.
Thanking you and happy gardening
” If you wish to make anything grow,
you must understand it,
and understand it in a very real sense.
‘Green fingers’ are a fact,
and a mystery only to the unpracticed.
But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart. ”
— Russell Page.