|So here is our lovely garden beds planted May 2nd, 2015. They are all ready to go!|
We used rough cut cedar 2 by 4's. You have to use Ceder because it is naturally rot resistant. Also, this stuff can not been chemically treated which is good to have around the plants you want to eat someday. :)
To save costs, we got 8 foot boards and had Home Depot cut them in half. Each garden box takes 6 boards. The boards cost about $7 each. So you are looking at a cost of $42 in wood alone.
We pre-drilled two holes on the ends of each board. You can drill holes on one end of all the boards really fast at one time. We were actually building 3 boxes at once, so it was really nice to get them all done ASAP.
We used 3 inch outdoor screws to hold the boards together. With 2 on each end, it made each square really secure.
You want to make the next layer of squares. However, when you do this, take some care to "switch" the end pieces. What I mean, is that you don't want the ends to all be the same, you want them to look staggered like puzzle pieces. By putting the screws in on the different sides, it helps stabilize the box, make it less likely to fall off on the ends when full of dirt, and looks nice!
After you have two squares done, you need to attach them together. We got out the big screw gun again and drilled a hole about half-way down one board. Then you drop in the outdoor screw and drill it down to the bottom square to attach it. We did this on each side.
|A finished box, up on the saw horses.|
|The box, laid out in the garden|
|All planted last year and ready to go!|
|We also made a long think box for a smaller space.|
Let me know if you have any questions!