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Get Ready for Spring: DIY Raised Garden Box

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Get Ready for Spring: DIY Raised Garden Box

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Put on your gardening gear because spring is just around the corner! A great way for you to connect with nature this year could be through creating your own raised gardening box. Here you can plant seeds or harvest veggies, which will in turn supply you with a gentle workout as well. The box could take about a day or two to build and below are some DIY instructions!


Step 1:

  • Decide where you want the garden
  • Make sure the ground is flat and even so that it is safe for wheelchairs

 

Step 2:

  • Measure the size of your raised bed
  • Should be 18-30 inches tall and no more than 2 feet across so that they can reach across
  • Can be any length (example: 8 feet long)

 

Step 3:

  • Buy and cut lumber
  • Need eight 2X6 boards that are 8 feet long and eight 2X6 boards that are 2 feet long, plus six boards of any thickness that are 2 feet long to use as braces

 

Step 4:

  • Lay four of the 8-foot boards flat on the ground to create the panel that is 8 feet long and 2 feet high/tall
  • Use a hammer and nails to attach on of the 2 foot braces in the middle to hold the boards together

 

Step 5:

  • Build another panel, like above, with the other 8 foot board and on the braces

 

Step 6:

  • Build two similar panels with the 2 foot boards only for these you will want a brace on each end

 

Step 7:

  • Stand up one of the 2 foot panels next to one of the 8 foot panels so that the brace at the end of the 2 foot panel runs alongside the end of the 8-foot board
  • Nail them together to make a corner

 

Step 8:

  • Make a similar corner with the other panels

 

Step 9:

  • Nail the two corners together to make a box and stand it upright

 

Step 10:

  • Fill the box with a mixture of three or four parts topsoil and one part compost

 

Step 11:

  • Plant veggies, flowers, small berry bushes and other plants of your choice into the soil mix
  • Almost anything can be grown in these beds except for larger trees

 

Step 12:

  • Top off the raised bed with some fresh soil and compost every spring to make sure it stays full

 

Last Step: ENJOY!

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