Should I build a raised bed garden or till up some ground to make a traditional row garden? This spring has been unusually warm and the massess are flocking to the nurserys and garden stores buying all their supplies. Much like the over zealous gardeners I too was able to jump on an early spring project. I completed a paver patio I had started in the fall but failed to finish as cold weather set in too quick. Having actually completed this project weeks before I ever figured to start it back up again has given me several free weekends in the up coming month. Not sure what I would tackle next I decided to jump on the garden bandwagon and get some vegtables planted. It’s been years since I’ve actually planted a garden and while I was desciding on how to build a garden this year, thoughts of endless weeding, hours of tilling and treating our hard clay soil came rushing back. Thats when I took to the internet to research other options on how to build a garden. I came across server very informative article on the benefits of raised bed gardening and its realative ease compared to traditional row gardening. Hours later after having viewed just about every type of raised bed garden option that was available I decided to take the plunge and jump in. Now comes the work part deciding How to build a raised garden bed
Off to the home and garden store I went with a general idea in my head just to see exactly how much it would cost to build a raised bed garden. I looked at the various types of lumber avialable in our area including cedar, white pine, pressure treated and even a few railroad ties. Having remembered several articles mentioning several negatives in building a raised bed vegtable garden using rail road ties and pressure treated lumber I was left with the choice between cedar and pine. Given the price in our area for cedar was redicuals I decided to use 2×10x8 standard pine boards to create my raised bed vegtable garden. I would have went with 2×12 but they were too expensive and 2×6 were nearly same price as 2×10. I opted for a bit taller hoping it would be a deturant for my dog. Labs love to dig unfortuantely. I was able to get out of the home and garden store with 40 dollars of lumber , 5 bucks for some 3inch deck screws, and a bit for my drill. Just slightly over 50 dollars and I had all the makings for my raised garden bed.
It took be approx 1 hour to build out two 4×4 and one 4×8 raised garden beds. this included cutting the boards, assembelying the beds and leveling them out. I then proceeded to fill them partially with the the soil I had removed when making my paver patio. Knowing how poor the soil was I didnt want to fill the garden boxes without getting some decent nutrients added. One more trip to the store for 20 bags of top soil, 4 bags of peat moss and 4 bags of compost and another hour worth of labor and the raised bed garden was completed. All told it ran about 125 bucks. A bit pricey to grow some vegtables but with some proper composting and crop rotation I shouldn’t have to spend anything in the next few years.