If you’re dreaming about growing your own vegetables this coming season, then building a backyard box is the best springtime project for you. With a few supplies, these easy-to-follow directions, you will be slicing to your own homegrown tomatoes before you know it.
A raised garden offers a great means to control the level of your soil, as you’re able to fill it with a mixture of topsoil, planting mixture and compost. This heavy, rich soil mix will make it possible for you to grow more vegetables than you could in the same square footage of regular garden soil.
Here is how to build your own backyard bed
1. Gather your supplies. To build one 4-foot from 4-foot planting box you may need:
2 16-foot redwood or cedar planks (reclaimed wood is a good sustainable choice)6 ft of 2-by-2 lumberGalvanized screwsChop sawPower drill and bitTape measureClamps
2. Cut eight 4-foot spans of redwood and four1/2-foot spans of 2-by-2 timber. After you cut the 2-by-2 to length, cut one end of each of the four bits at a 45-degree angle. The ends will help to hold the planting box .
3. Lay two redwood boards together and catch one of the 2-by-2 pieces of timber you have just cut.
4. Drill two pilot holes to the treated timber (one near each end of the item). Make certain not to drill into the redwood boards nevertheless.
5. Using your drill along with galvanized screws, attach the treated timber to the redwood planks. Screw through the pilot holes to prevent the wood.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 together with the remaining boards.
6. As soon as you’ve got a 2-by-2 piece of lumber screwed to one end of these redwood planks (giving you the four sides of your box), clamp together the four sides of the box.
When everything is clamped together, there will be a 2-by-2 piece of timber in every corner of the box. At this point, each 2-by-2 is fastened to only one facet of their redwood boards. To fasten all of the sides together, drill more pilot holes and twist the galvanized screws throughout the 2-by-2 to the opposite redwood boards.
Tip: To prevent from seeing the screws on the exterior of your box, then attach the four sides together by screwing from the inside.
The angled end of the 2-by-2 is used to keep the box stable when it is put in the floor.
You can now move your planting box to a sunny place where your veggies will thrive and match it with a mixture of topsoil, planting mixture and compost.
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