There’s nothing like enjoying the fruit of your labor, especially if it tastes as good as a homegrown tomato. Planning your fall garden? Let LEVELD help you secure the tools that you’ll need for this raised planter box.
Choose a level spot of ground that gets a good six to eight hours of sun a day. Cover the ground with a layer of newspaper to stunt weed growth.
Wherever you’re going to place your raised box, line the ground with newspaper to prevent weeds from sprouting up.
Cedar is expensive, but this DIY calls for dog-eared (rounded-edge) fence posts, which are a lot cheaper. Trim each board (with the circular saw you rented on LEVELD) to just under six feet long. Put four of these aside for your long sides.
Cut one board into four equal sections, about 18 inches each. The important thing is not the length but that they are equal.
Cut the last 6 ft board into six equal sections, about 11 inches each.
Cut the 2X2 into four equal sections, about 11 inches each.
Lay two of the 6-foot fence pickets on the ground, one above the other with the ends flush.
Then, take two of the 2×2 sections you cut and line them up with the ends of the boards.
Pre-drill your holes (don’t skip this step), then attach the 2x2s to the cedar pickets with 1 ¼-inch exterior screws.
Repeat this process with two more 6-foot pickets and two more 2x2s. These will be the long sides of the bed.
Next, attach the short picket sections – the ones that measure around 18 inches – to the same 2x2s that are now on the long picket sections.
Congrats! You’ve made your box!
For stability, use ¾-inch exterior screws to attach the remaining 11-inch sections of cedar to the long sides of the bed, either on the inside or outside.
Fill the raised bed with four 3-cubic-foot bags of raised garden bed soil.
Mix and water the soil.
Sow or plant seeds/seedlings and enjoy having that green thumb.