There are many ways to start a garden (Find out which seeds to choose before building your beds!) but raised beds have numerous advantages over in ground gardens.
- Elevated soil warms sooner in the spring so you can get cool weather plants into the garden that much sooner.
- It’s easier to keep weeds and grass out of raised beds.
- You can plant much more in a raised bed since you don’t walk on the soil and it doesn’t become compacted which means higher yields per square foot.
- Raised beds drain faster so water is unlikely to pool and drown your plants.
- You have better control over the soil health.
I think the number one reason many people choose raised beds is that people don’t typically have time to evaluate and fix their existing soil before putting in their garden. They may also want to know how to build raised beds cheap, so this style of raised beds is perfect.
How to build raised beds cheap!
stole borrowed this idea from my sister and brother-in-law because it’s a super easy way to build raised beds that are simple and attractive.
We built 4 – 4×8 boxes while QC was napping over the course of 2 days. It didn’t take long at all. We used pine because it’s inexpensive. If you want really long lasting boxes you can use cedar, however, pine works just fine for most gardeners’ needs.
For each raised garden bed you will need:
- 2 – 4ft x 1ft x 1in pieces of pine (we bought an 8ft piece and cut it into 2 4ft pieces)
- 2 – 8ft x1ft x 1in pieces of pine
- 4 – 1ft long 4x4s (we bought 8ft long 4x4s and cut them into 1 ft pieces using a chop saw)
- outdoor screws
To reduce your costs you can use repurposed wood.
- Screw a 4×4 to either end of each 4 ft plank making sure to keep the end of the plank flush with the edge of the 4×4.
- Attach the first 8 ft piece to one side of the 4 ft piece.
- Move the box to the ground to screw the other two sides on.
Pretty simple! Here’s the video Matt made for you so you can get a closer look at the box.