Want to know how to build a raised flower bed? If you need some flower bed ideas for your garden, this may just be what your looking for. This is a great woodworking project for beginners and experts alike.
How to Build a Raised Flower Bed
I've recently been working on my garden (again) and thought that a flower bed would be just the perfect addition. There was an amazing spot in my garden but it seem to have clay soil and I didn't really want to amend it. So my other solution, a raised flower bed. Not only does it solve my problem with the soil composition but it's also a great wood craft project I've always wanted to try. So if you also want to test your homesteading skills, check out this step-by-step tutorial that will teach you how to make a raised flower bed. It would be great to add to a small garden.
What you'll need to build a raised flower bed:
- 2 x 4s
- 4 x 4 post
- tape measure
- drill with bits and screw driving bits
- circular saw
- work gloves
- landscape fabric
- utility knife
- soaker hose
- safety glasses
- dust mask
- flowers or vegetable (it's totally up to you!)
Now for the Process:
How to Build a Raised Flower Bed Garden in 12 Simple Steps
((I'd like to thank Lowe's for this excellent tutorial from their Youtube! – Watch the entire video at the bottom of this post.))
Choose the location of your flower bed. There are certain things you have to consider: it should have plenty of sun and you should have access to both sides. Once you've decided, mark the dimensions of the container. We'll be making a standard 3′ x 5′ garden bed.
Dig up the sod using your shovel just deep enough to remove the grass and use a level to check if the ground is level. Make any adjustments to it as necessary.
Roll out the landscape fabric on the ground you dug. It should be at least 6″ longer than the edge of your bare soil.
Now that you have the layout done, it's time to build the box. Start by cutting the 2 x 4s and 4 x 4 posts to length using your circular saw. Don't forget to use a protective mask and safety glasses.
TIP: If you're building a bigger flower bed, you may have to anchor the posts into the ground.
Drill pilot holes to the end of the 2 x 4s.
Secure the 2 x 4s to the 4 x 4s making sure that they are even to the top of the post. Afterwards, use your square to check that it is also even and square on the sides.
Screw the 2 x 4s to the posts on one side then to the other. Do the same for the ends of your box too. It should now look like the picture below.
You're now done with the box! Wasn't that easy? You can now set it on top of the landscape fabric and make sure that it's level.
Once you're satisfied with how it looks, cut the excess fabric with your utility knife.
Time to put your soil. You should have at least 6 inches of soil to allow the plant's roots to grow. If you have compost or fertilizer, you can also mix it in with the soil you're putting in your flower bed.
Time to Plant!
Prepare the your plants. Now pull the dirt back with your hoe.
Put your plant in and pack the soil around the roots with your hands.
If you want to make watering easier, you can come up with this irrigation system. Lay a soaker hose around the plants and cover it with soil. Then you can attach it to a timer to make sure that your plants will get the water it needs all the time.
And that's it. You'll have a better view in your garden after making this raised flower bed. Would you agree that it's an excellent gardening idea? Remember, if you don't want to set up an irrigation system, you can always water your plants manually. That's how I do it.
If you'd like to see how to build a raised flower bed, you can watch this video tutorial from Lowe's Home Improvement:
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