This is one of the easiest things to do, and here are the simple 3-step instructions.
1. Get 3 pieces of wood at the length you would like your garden bed to be, and cut one of them in half. Nail all the ends together until you have a rectangular box. It’s easy to do, but you can take some measurements and be scientific about it if you like.
(picture from last year, when we put the beds together)
2. Place it in a sunny spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day, and lay down newspaper all over inside the box over the grass. Wet the newspaper with a water hose. Some people also like to lay down screen to keep out groundhogs.
3. Fill in with some good soil.
This is how the beds currently look. We are still using the same ones from last year, but have moved them and put in fresh new soil.
Tips for getting soil inexpensively:
- Find a local farm on craigslist and buy some good conditioned soil (hopefully composted) by the truckload.
- Find broken and opened bags at your local home improvement store or nursery. They usually sell these 50% off the listed price.
You can use this technique to create raised garden beds of any size that you would prefer. While I was at the garden center, I noticed that one raised bed in a box would be almost $300. If you just get some wood and nails to make it yourself, you are spending SIGNIFICANTLY less. Good luck!