DIY Raised Vegetable Garden

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Hey everyone! =) Anybody that has been following my blog since I have started knows that for years I have been planting veggie gardens and it has been a learning experience each year. This year I am pretty proud of myself with how much I have learned the last 8 years. I have to admit this seems to be the best year so far.

Last year my hubby bought me a small raised garden bed that was already made from someone down the road that makes them and with that one I have already started lettuce and broccoli. I decided this year that I wanted to grow even more and make a larger raised garden bed. So Mother’s Day weekend that’s what we did. =)

This is how we made a raised vegetable garden:

Supplies:

  • 6  2 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft boards
  • Screws
  • Shovel
  • Drill
  • Hammer or Pick Axe
  • Rake
  • Weed Block
  • Garden Stakes (to hold Weed Blocker in place)
  • Gardening Gloves
  • 8 Patio Stepping Stones (4 red, 4 grey)
  • Top Soil, Organic Compost, Manure

First off I chose a flat area that gets at least 6-8 hours of sun during the day. I also made sure to pick a location that wasn’t wet like some parts of land can get. I chose an area that has great soil and earthworms galore. =)

After finding that great location my husband put four of the boards together in a shape of square using the drill and screws. Note: (The screws have to be pretty long to go through both boards on each end). He then layed it put together in the exact spot and used a Pick Axe (you can always use a back of hammer as well) to outline while digging around the outer edge of the box. After that was done he moved the box out-of-the-way.

The whole family can get in on this part, it’s a lot of work so we took turns using the Pick Axe and shovel to break up the ground beneath. After the square outline was dug up; it was time to get rid of the grass and roots.

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 After all grass and roots were cleared out we put the square back in place and leveled the dirt inside. I packed dirt around the outside of the square as well. I then laid down weed blocker using garden stakes to hold it in place.

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 We then added the two other boards in the center to make a walkway so I could plant and harvest easier. Not to mention make it look pretty and unique. =) In between those two boards my husband put 8 Patio flat bricks down; 4 red and 4 grey alternating colors. After those were laid down it was time to dump all the bags of soil and organic compost into the box. We then leveled the dirt and got ready to plant.

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With the box you can either start from seeds or seedlings whatever you choose.

I am very excited and pleased with this raised garden bed project. =) What kind of veggies do you grow in your garden?

Thanks for visiting WEMAKE7! Be sure to come back and visit to check on our garden. =)

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  • Myrabev

    oh wow this is a truly awesome project which I had picked the bottom apartment in my new place so atleast I could have a garden. I so badly want a garden, I get I will just have to stick to visiting my parents if I feel like gardening lol

  • Shirgie Scf

    Very good idea. Here in Korea, they are also meticulous in their gardening. There’s a limited space for farming and/or gardening here in Korea and people here somehow find a way to maximize the resources available to plant. Thanks for sharing what you have learned.

  • Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake

    I love this little garden bed! My husband built me my first one a few weeks ago, and I’ve transplanted some tomatoes, peppers, and squash in so far. I’m pretty terrible at keeping plants alive, but I’m determined to make things grow this year! It’s so satisfying to eat your own vegetables and herbs!

  • Fi Ní Neachtáin

    Oh this is such a fabulous project. I’d really love to have my own raised vegetable gardens someday, it’d be great to eat and cook with my own homegrown produce. The raised gardens always remind me of Peter Rabbit. Enjoy your new gardening venture 🙂

  • Mindi

    I am totally impressed by your gardening skills. As for me, I have two brown thumbs. Luckily, I live near some great markets where I can buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Good luck with the raised vegetable garden!

  • Nikki

    We used to have a bunch of these at my old house. We planted strawberries that grew like crazy. Tomatoes. All sorts of stuff. Then my dog Cooper got into them and pretty much dug them all up. I want to try again, but keeping the beds outside the fence, that way he can’t get them. It’s a great way to grow plants!

  • Nancy @ www.spiffykerms.com

    One of the many reasons I want to own my very own property and house! I cannot wait to start gardening and growing my own fruit and veggies to harvest myself! Growing up, my parents had one of these also set up in our backyard for a number of years. I can still taste how fresh our carrots were 🙂

  • Tammilee TIps

    I love this idea. I think it’s really neat how you have the walk way down the middle I always struggled with getting to the middle of a garden without smashing something. I would garden if our travel plans weren’t so crazy.

  • Kristen

    My brother and his wife literally just made of these yesterday! I love fresh vegetables! I wish I had time to grow some. My in-laws grow more than they can eat so we still get fresh organic veggies every summer.

  • Donna Ward

    Hi Bonnie, This is beautiful – and may be a possibly for where I live. I would enjoy planing an English Flower Garden with that little walkway and a bench to sit and enjoy! What an excellent idea and you’ve made it look doable – thank you 🙂

  • Sharon Erickson – Her Organized Chaos

    This is what my garden bed looks like but you have a walkway down the middle which is genius! I am going to add that to my garden so I am not leaning over so uncomfortable.

  • Michelle Christopher

    I love this! I have always wanted a raised garden. This looks pretty simple.

  • April Smith Decheine

    We moved off the farm last year, we had about 15 raised beds throughout the farm, so much better for growing. Will check out the rest of your blog!

  • Miranda Sherman

    I LOVE this! I need to do this so bad in our backyard. I have a huge area we never use and this would be great!

  • Tanya @ Seven Springs Homestead

    I love to garden and it does seem like something new is learned every year. I recently started keeping a garden journal so last years knowledge is not forgotten over the long winter. Thanks for sharing this great post.

  • Nate

    Wow, this looks great! You made it really look easy. I think if you know what you’re doing you can create some amazing things. Can’t wait to see what your garden looks like in the upcoming months!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    Thank you for sharing. I have always wanted to try this!!!!

  • Judy W

    I have always wanted to try this. Our neighbors behind us have 2 raised garden beds and they do really well with them. They even had corn planted in one of them. This is a great DIY project. That you for the step by step guide!

  • Terri Ingraham | Sugar Free Glow

    You make it look so easy! We don’t have a raised garden bed but I am thinking of putting one in to expand my garden (and save my back!).

  • Karen@From the Garden Table

    I love my raised beds too. I think it is keeping them neat (relatively speaking) and contained. Love the path down the middle of your, great for reaching everything!

  • Tiff Hill

    I want a vegetable garden. Every year I say I’m going to plant one. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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