Mandy's Marvelous Meals

Recipes, tips, tricks, and my journey into cooking fabulous food!

Raised Garden Bed Part 2: Success!

on April 15, 2012

Wow, am I sore today! When I started this raised garden bed project, I thought it was going to be easier than actually making a garden in the ground…it probably was, but it was still a lot of hard physical work. But totally worth it!! It came out just the way I wanted it.

I found this step-by-step guide  on how to make the garden bed. Hubby read through it to get the basic idea, but we did do it a little bit differently. I started by choosing the spot in the yard and measuring it off. Then digging up the grass and turning the soil, which was by far the hardest part.

Meanwhile, Hubby worked on cutting the wood. We used four 2x6x8 pieces for the longer sides, and two 2x6x8 pieces, both cut in half for the shorter sides. For the posts we bought one 4×4 post and cut it into four 15 inch pieces.  Hubby then assembled the longer sides only by attaching the 2x6x8 pieces to the post with 4 inches of the post above the sides to go into the ground.

We dug out only the first two holes for the posts and then put in the first side of the bed. We measured out 4 feet from the posts and dug the other two holes, repeating with the second longer side.

Once the longer sides were securely in place, we nailed the smaller sides to the posts.

Next, we lined the box with 1/4″ hardware cloth to help keep out small rodents.

Finally, we added the bags of topsoil. We used 10 bags (2 cu. ft.) of Miracle Grow Garden Soil. If you want to fill your box completely to the top you will need a few more bags. The website mentioned in the beginning of the post states that you will need 32 cu. ft. of top soil. We felt the 10 bags was’s a good 10″ of soil in the box.  Once I start planting I may add more if it seems like this is not enough, but for now I think it will be ok.

Now all that is left is to finish planting the seeds. Due to some rain showers I am holding off on planting the seeds, but hopefully it will clear soon and I’ll get them in the bed. I plan to grow herbs and veggies (basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, zucchini, tomatoes, scallions, green beans).

I am very pleased with the final result! It definitely wasn’t difficult, but it was a lot of physical labor….and I never could have done it without my Hubby helping me out!

Hopefully in a few short months I’ll have my fresh herbs and veggies to add to my “Marvelous Meals”!  Stay tuned!!!





5 responses to “Raised Garden Bed Part 2: Success!

  1. rmadere says:

    I’m planning on putting in a raised bed garden myself. Let us know how well everything grows.

  2. Karen says:

    The two of you did a great job. The raised bed looks terrific.

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