How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

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Gather supplies. Wagon optional.

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We're gonna drill pilot holes, so you don't split your boards when you screw them together. Measure 3/4" from the sides and end of your 8 foot boards.

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Pilot holes marked.

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Drill your pilot holes. Try and make sure they go through straight, perpendicular to the top of the board. Both ends of all the 2x6x8 should have two pilot holes.

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Time to build the first layer. Line up your boards...

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Make sure the tops align...

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Screw through the pilot holes to build your base level frame.

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Time to place it exactly where you want it to be (most sun possible), secure the base level to the ground, and make sure everything is square and level.

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On the corner that is most level, pound in a stake flush to the inside corner, leaving about 6" above the top.

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Check that the boards are level, shim up any ends that need it.

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Once the boards are level, drill 2 pilot holes through the board into the stake...

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Then screw your board to the stake.

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Go to the opposite corner (kitty corner) and check that it's all square. Pull the corner to the left or right to make it square.

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Repeat the leveling and staking for all four corners.

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Once it's all square and level and secured in all 4 corners, its time to reinforce. Add 1 stake in the center of each 4- ft board, drilling pilot holes, and screwing to board...

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...and two more stakes on the 8 ft boards, drilling pilots, and screwing to boards.

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Then, since your base is level, you can just build the 2nd level frame laying it right on top of the first, screwing through the pilot holes you drilled a few steps ago through the 8ft boards.

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Then, drilling pilot holes first, screw the boards on the 2nd lvl frame to all the stakes.

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Then, you fill it with good rich loamy soil, and plants your veggies. Probably not going to get too many plants in a single 8x4 foot bed, but then, you can just make more!

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