If you have a South facing sunny spot, an easy way to convert it into a garden is to add a raised bed. Last year, we built an 8 ft by 4 ft raised bed, using 8 ft long cedar boards (6 x 1). These worked very well. We had tomatoes, zucchini, snow peas , beets, all growing on our front lawn.
The highlight was the bumper tomato crop. These grew up 7 feet, collapsed back to the ground to re-root, and up another 7 feet. We picked up 2 year old cow manure from a local farm. It was the perfect soil!
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Build your own raised beds and grow your own meals! Here’s an example of how:
Raised beds (8 ft x 4 ft x 6 inches)
Materials were only approximately $45: hardware= $30 and soil= $15.
· Three (3) 8 ft long cedar planks (6 inches x 1 inches).
· One (1) 4 ft long 2 x 4 cedar board; cut into 12” lengths (x4 pieces total)
· 24 screws
· 0.6 cubic yards of soil (16 cubic feet) The cost was $25-$30/cubic yard of garden soil or compost or $4 per 20 L bag.
· Cut one of the cedar planks in half (½) to make two (2) 4 ft long boards.
· Secure the four (4) 2X4s (12” long) to the corners to secure the corners of the 4 x 8 bed.
· Use an online resources or soil calculator to calculate soil required for your beds: