This is really, really easy. If you can use a drill, you can do this and that includes you ladies.
There are several types of timber you can use. Hardwood is the best. When I say the best I mean it lasts a really long time and it is untreated. The downside to hardwood is it is just so darn hard, heavy and generally more difficult do work with. Not an impossible task at all if you have muscles or additional helpers. When using hardwood you will need to pre-drill any holes and use a power drill (not a cordless). An easier and cheaper option is pine.
In Australia treated pine sleepers are readily available, but what you want to look for are the arsenic free ones, or the eco sleepers that are safe for use in vegetable gardens. This is what I like to use.
What you need to make a simple raised garden bed
- Two veggie garden sleepers (2400 x 200 x 50mm)
- 8 screws
- Drill and drill bit
Yep. That’s it.
Get them cut to size at the hardware store. It’s usually free and means you will be able to fit them in your car easily and all you have to do when you get them home is screw them together.
You can get them cut in half, which will make a 1.2m square garden bed, or if you want a rectangular bed get 80cm cut off each 2.4 length, which will give you a bed that is 80cm x 1.6m. To make a bed this size it will cost approximately $30 AUD. Bargain.
Now you have your timber cut, get it home and lay it where you want it to be (needs to be relatively flat). Line the corners up (be as accurate as possible) and put a min of two screws into each corner join. There is no need to pre-drill pine. It is quite soft and wont split.
That’s the easy bit done! The hard bit is filling it with soil. If you have your new bed over grass make sure you lay a thick layer of newspaper over the bottom to kill the grass off. Fill it up with soil, don’t forget to mix some compost in as you go. When you are done water it all in and pat it down. As all the air pockets fill in it will settle down a bit and you may need to top it up to get it level again.
Ready to plant!!
Once you get the general idea of how to screw the timber together you can make bigger beds ie, you may use three sleepers keeping two full length, and get the third cut in half so you end up with a garden bed 2.4 x 1.2m. The possibilities are endless.