Why Build A Garden Box?
There are many reasons to build raised garden beds. These are garden boxes that sit above the ground within a frame, typically made of wood or other materials. If you don’t have good soil on your property, you can provide better conditions for your plants.
Garden bed kits or a DIY raised bed are a great resource as plants are lifted out of the path of disturbance, and your soil will warm earlier and extend the growing season, providing gentler conditions for growing. In raised beds, fruits, veggies, and flowers can thrive while keeping your space tidy. The best part is that they are easy to make! Even if you are just getting into gardening, you are going to want some raised garden beds.
How To Build A Vegetable Garden Box
Step 1: Measure & Cut
Step 2: Attach Posts
Step 3: Connect
Preparing The Location
Step 1: Choose A Spot
Step 2: Remove Other Organic Matter
Step 3: Add The Bottom
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Adding Soil & Plants
What Type Of Wood Should You Use?
The type of wood to use for your raised bed garden is your choice, but there are some options and facts to know about them:
Cedar boards or redwood are naturally water-resistant but these ones can be expensive.
Hemlock, fir or pine are able materials to be the sideboards for raised beds but don’t last very long.
Pressure-treated lumber is also an option. Pressure-treated lumber has been a controversial topic when it comes to the chemical pressure treatment to protect the wood from rot, decay and insects. The reason for this was the treatment of the wood with chromate copper arsenate (CCA) which was then banned for consumer use in 2003. The Environmental Protection Agency deemed current treatments using alkaline copper quaternary (ACQ) safe for plants and vegetables. Remember that water-based treatments like ACQ still contain fungicides and pesticides. Creosote-treated wood is not a good option for vegetable-raised beds.
Compared to untreated wood, pressure-treated lumber lasts longer and is a similar price. There are also types that are treated for ground contact specifically.
Things to do to address concerns related to it in raised beds: