I recently made a second raised bed garden to add to my fruit and vegetable growing capabilities. Living in a typical suburban neighborhood my space is limited. In this particular case I built this raised bed for blueberry and blackberry plants.
To get this project done – I assembled all needed components in one area to begin construction. This raised bed is to measure 4′ foot wide by 8′ foot long and will sit 10″ inches high. I went to my local lumber yard and bought 2″ x 10″ x 8′ non-treated boards – three of them. Two of them will make up the longer sides while the other will be cut in half and make the shorter ends.
Blueberries ready for planting.
I purchased some blueberry plants at SAM’s – hoping they survive the project.
All side boards are cut – ready to get screwed together.
All sides were cut and decking screws and my Craftsman drill is ready to go. All holes for screws are pre-drilled to make it easier to install the screws as well as prevent splitting.
I cut a 2″x4″ into section of 10″ inches long – four of them.
My incredible wood-working skills at play…..I made a box!!
2×4 pieces screwed in corners for support.
To provide great rigidity the 2″x4″ pieces are installed into each corner.
I added a variety of peat moss, composted cow manure and top soil to the raised bed – and planted the blueberries. I use rain water from my rain barrel to water the plants whenever possible. Also – to raise the acidity of the soil – I am going to mulch the bed with pine needles. Hopefully next year I will have fresh blueberries.
Raised beds provide some great advantages to your gardening efforts (more later in another post).
Take care all –
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