If the space where you intend to create your garden has poor soil that won’t allow your flowers to grow beautifully, we advise you to learn how to make raised garden boxes. That way you will get the chance to make the most of your front yard, because you can fill the boxes with high-quality soil for your plants. Here are the steps that you need to follow in order to achieve your goal.
Get materials for one 8-foot by 4-foot raised bed
- 8-foot and 4-foot wood planks.
- 1 pressure-treated 8-foot 2×4 that must be cut into 4 pieces measuring 17-inches each, for making the joints of the raised garden boxes.
- A drill with 7/64″ drill bit.
- A circular saw.
- 3-inch drywall screws.
- A square.
Prepare to assemble the raised garden boxes
- Start by using the circular saw and the square to mark and carve a 45-degree angle on one end of each of the 17-inch pieces of 2×4. These sections will be attached to the raised box’s corners to anchor the box into the ground.
- Arrange the 2×4 so that its longest part is equal with a 4-foot 2×12 segment’s cut end. Use the drill with 7/64″ drill bit to make 1-inch pilot holes from the top, and 1-inch pilot holes from the bottom. In order to make sure that you won’t damage your deck, we advise you to do the drilling in the yard.
- Put the drills into the holes, and keep in mind that you will need 2 screws for every corner.
- Repeat the same steps at both ends of the 4-foot 2×12 segments, and you will get closer to putting the box together.
- After lining up a 8-foot segment with a 4-foot segment you have to pre-drill two holes from the first segment into the second segment’s end, approximately 2 inches from the bottom and the top of the board.
- Drill the screws into the gaps to attach the long pieces to the short pieces.
- In order to make the whole thing more sturdy, you must make other 2 holes from the long section into the vertical anchors. Try to drill them about 3 inches down and 3 inches up from the ends of the 2×12. That will prevent the holes from running into the screws that you have placed before.
- Put the new screws into the holes, and repeat the same steps for the other end of the 2×12.
- The last thing that you need to do is place the structure with the 8-foot 2×12 on the ground and the short sections up in the air, and repeat the steps 5 through 10 to attach the last long piece to the short pieces.
- Follow the same procedure to make the rest of your raised garden boxes.