Last Summer when we were searching for our forever home one of my requirements was space to put in a vegetable garden. After a three-week search, we found our home with a nice big backyard for our kids to play and for me to have my vegetable garden, but we were going to have to work for it.
The previous owners had a chicken coop and four dogs, so backyard maintenance seemed to go to the wayside. When Spring came along my husband and I got to work removing dead bushes and debris. After surveying the yard we came to a decision of where we were going to make our garden bed. After much discussion, we decided that we were going to try our hand at making a raised garden bed.
We headed out to our local hardware store to pick up supplies when we quickly realized that making this garden bed was going to cost us a bundle, being the frugal woman at heart I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much money on making a garden bed. We left that day empty handed but I had a plan.
That night after the boys were tucked in bed I was surfing my local Bidding Wars site on Facebook and came across someone who had posted an odds and ends lot of lumber for FREE! JACKPOT! With this free lumber, the cost of building my bed was going to be well under what we had priced.
What you will need:
- Cheap lumber
- Watch your local bidding wars site, freecycle sites, or construction sites.
- Nails or screws
- Corner brackets
- Walmart sells this for $2.00 a bag or watch your local garden centers for a good sale.
- I made my own with coffee grinds, egg shells and banana peels.
Once you have your supplies, measure out your area and build your bed to your desired size and shape.
Til the existing ground and remove any large rocks and sticks.
Add topsoil and mix together with a rake.
Add fertilizer and water.
And now you are all ready for seeds. Being that we have a family of squirrels that live in our tree I have place forks in the garden as I read it will keep them out of the garden.
This might not leave you with the prettiest raised bed but to me, it was a labor of love. My husband and I put our blood, sweat, and tears into making this garden and we are excited to see how I do as a gardener my first season.