|Making raised beds!|
We definitely had dirt under our fingernails last night! The tub water was not pretty after the boys’ bath. There is something so invigorating about being out in the fresh air, dirt in your fingernails and helping things grow! For the past two weekends, we’ve been busy in our garden planting, weeding and making our raised beds. The boys had so much fun helping Luke construct the beds. First we started with some lumber from Home Depot then we added home grown compost and top soil.
If you’d like to make raised beds. Here’s what you’ll need:
– 3 x 8″ x 1″ x 8′ pressure treated timber
– 1 x 4″ x 2″ x 6′ pressure treated timber
– 1 x 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ pressure treated stake
1. Cut one of the 8 x 1 in half.
2. Cut four studs of eight inch lengths of the 4 x 2.
3. Pre-drill and screw two of the studs to each end of the 8′ lengths. (4 inch side against the timber).
4. Take one of the 4′ lengths. Pre-drill and screw each end into the the studs at the end of the 8′ pieces.
5. Repeat at the other end.
6. Turf off a 4′ x 8′ piece of grass (unless you are starting with dirt anyway).
7. Put the frame into the area you’ve cleared. Level and square.
8. Cut two 12″ lengths from the stake ensuring the cut is at a 45° angle.
9. On the inside of the frame, hit the stakes into the ground next to the 8′ lengths, about half way down.
10. Level and square again.
11. Screw the 8′ lengths into the stakes.
12. You may want to stake the 4′ lengths as well.
13. Turn the soil inside the frame so it isn’t hard. Then, fill with compost and top soil.
14. Now you’re reading to plant!
|Conor & the compost!|