Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
We wanted some raised garden beds and researched the most cost effective way to do it. Vinyl was beautiful but a lot of money, so we decided to make some ourselves, costing us under $100 for three 8 foot by 4 foot beds. We are going on our third season with these babies and they have held up so well!
For one box you will need:
Cut one of your boards in half (Home Depot can do that for you and you can read about it here). We didn’t bother to sand it down either. Then space them out to make sure you know where you want them. We had to make sure there was room to get the lawn mower around the sides. Someday we will add rocks but that’s for another day!
Use your 3 1/2 inch screws to attach the 4 foot boards to the 8 foot boards. We added three screws per side.
Once the base of your box is complete, turn it over and add your weed barrier. We cut it to size and then stapled it on about every 6 inches or so.
We then turned it over and set it in place. We used our level to make sure it was not tilted. Since it was on our grass, it was uneven. We added some wood pieces to even it out.
We then headed to our local nursery to pick up soil. Picking it up will lower the cost for you. We spent about $150 for 2 cubit yards to fill ours. You can also have it delivered.
The first year we had the sprinklers water the garden. This proved to be too much water and our plants did not do very well. So the next year we diverted the sprinklers and added soaker hoses. Mike built these using piping from the irrigation isle at Home Depot. You can watch his process here in our IG highlights under Garden Boxes.
He spends a lot of time out here watching over his garden. It’s not the 3000 acres he grew up with, but it’s something! And just perfect for our family.