Raised Garden Bed Box for Backyard ~ Finished! Well…it’s made.

NOTE: HERE IS WHAT MY BEDS LOOK LIKE AFTER TAKING THE ONE BIG ONE APART AND MAKING THEM INTO TWO BEDS!

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Yesterday after buying a new bed for upstairs I dropped my husband off at Savers and I went to Lowes to shop for the garden lumber. Taking with me the directions from Sunset’s Western Landscaping Book (below) ~

I bought 6 2x12x12 redwood planks and 2 4x4x8 treated fir posts, and one box of 3-1/4″ galvanized nails. Looking back…I should have looked for 2x8x10 or 2x8x12 as now I have LOTS of back-fill to look for! Luckily I have oodles of river rocks and can place at the bottom of the bed and then fill with some dirt then mix in some top soil/manure. Off to Craigslist to see if anyone has any free dirt I can go get.

The finished container is 2x5x12 (2′ high x 5′ wide x 12′ long). I’m thinking I’ll put a wood sealer on the redwood as I opted out of the treated wood. I may staple plastic sheeting along the insides too. Not really sure about that. And Boy-Howdy! If you make the size I did…you’ll want two extra hands on flipping that box over! It was a struggle with the two of us, but we did it.

And ladies…find the roll of duct tape as your husband will probably want to cuss up a blue streak. I about threw my hammer at mine, no patience at all that man! I would have much rather had my mom and sister helping me than my husband. 👿 I’m very handy with a saw and hammer…which I don’t think he has gotten used to, even after 13 years of marriage. LOL! 😉

Here are before and after shots of our back area. We’ve finally decided to find some decomposed granite for the the rest of the yard. Got lots of that around Northern Nevada…just back your truck up to any road side cut and filler up!

Soon to be veggies ~ Onions, beans, sugar peas, cucumbers, lettuce ~ red leaf and spinach, radishes, carrots, corn (outside the box next to the wall), garlic, potatoes (I have two tires for them to go into), zucs, tomatos (outside container), pumpkins (actually in front side yard), peppers.

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I'm Michelle and live in Northern Nevada ~ beautiful mix of high desert and the Sierra.
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8 Responses to Raised Garden Bed Box for Backyard ~ Finished! Well…it’s made.

  1. That is a very tall raised bed.

    My husband is more capable at building than I am. I could do it, but he was a carpenter and contractor before he moved on to high tech. The only problem we have is that he is stronger than average and just assumes that I can lift what he can. He was kind enough to take me to urgent care after my thumb became squished between a door and the heavy table he insisted I should be able to move. I can’t blame him. I should have put my foot down (hard on the top of his shoe) when he begged me to help him. 😉

    So…what’s going in the raised bed?

  2. ROFL! Men.

    Onions, beans, sugar peas, lettuce, radishes, carrots, corn (outside the box next to the wall), garlic, potatoes (I have two tires for them to go into), zucs, tomatos (outside container), pumpkins (actually in front side yard), peppers.

  3. Quilty says:

    Men are going into the raised bed? :O

    I didn’t realize it was going to become a burial site!

    Well, that should certainly help fertilize the vegies…

  4. OMGosh! That was a Freudian slip, eh?!

  5. The Scrub Jays can bury peanuts up his nose!

  6. aprilsatelier says:

    Wow… that looks terrific! Great job!

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