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How to build a raised bed yourself
Having their own garden at home is a small dream for many. But often you just don't have the space for it. Today we are introducing you to an add-on table - also called a raised bed. This means you can also grow fruit and vegetables in small places - such as on a balcony - (we speak of urban gardening, so to speak). And when growing at home, you can be sure that no unwanted pesticides have been used. So if you want to try your hand at being a hobby gardener (or just want to prevent the snails in the garden from nibbling off the salad), then this tutorial is made for you.
Everyone is probably aware by now what the benefits of untreated fruits and vegetables are. But that is not all. There are other benefits of growing your own vegetables, too:
- So you have delicious vegetables, "just like in the past", right from home. This also means: no long and environmentally unfriendly transport routes.
- Gardening is one of the relaxing activities that can help you get rid of daily stress.
- You learn a lot about nature, for example how the life cycle of fruit and vegetables works or which species actually grow in our climate.
So who could we convince of the raised bed? Then there are two options. Either you buy a raised bed, for example at ManoMano.de, or you build one yourself. We'll show you how to do this step by step in this tutorial.
Tools and accessories
Cost, duration and level of difficulty
If you have the necessary tools, the cost of materials is around € 50. Without a doubt, the costs of self-made construction are lower than the purchase price for this type of raised bed (usually the costs are around 100 € and more / higher).
However, the construction is not that easy, we give the project a medium level of difficulty, as the use of power tools takes a bit of getting used to. However, some of the tools can also be replaced by hand tools. That is why we would also recommend the project to beginners, at least if you have already tinkered one or the other project.
The working time is around 8 hours, and a large part of the time is spent cutting and assembling the individual parts.
Of course, there are raised beds in all possible sizes and shapes to buy. However, there is one decisive advantage in getting to work yourself: It is much easier to make the most of the space you have available. And of course you can also adapt the dimensions to the conditions of the location. Another advantage? The height makes it easier to care for the plants because you don't have to bend down all the time.
So, let's start now:
1º.- Cutting the wooden panels
First the pine boards are cut with a table saw. This type of saw is great for making straight cuts, but you can also just use a circular saw or a jigsaw. In total, the following parts are required:
- 2 80 × 30 cm for the back and the bottom of the top drawer of the add-on table
- 1 of 80 × 23 cm for the front
- 2 boards of 33 × 30 cm for the side panels
- 2 slats of 83.5 × 7 cm as the base of the lower shelf
- 8 boards 35 × 7 cm central and
- 2 33 × 7 cm on the sides to be placed on the floor.
2º.- The assembly
When all the parts are cut, they are put together to form a drawer. To do this, screw the 30 cm high rear part to the piece that forms the floor. Then the 20 cm long front part and the sides with rounded edges are screwed together.
3º.- Attach the table legs
The next step is to place the legs. To do this, the two 2 meter long metal shelf brackets are cut into two 120 cm long pieces and placed on the back. The remaining two 80 cm pieces are used as front legs.
After cutting to size, the plastic feet are placed and bolted to the top drawer of the raised bed, using flat washers to match the size of the head of the anchor bolts.
Next, assemble the pieces that will make up the lower shelf. This extra shelf is very useful for placing the accessories of our urban orchard. To do this, the 83 cm long slats are screwed to the front and back of the extension table / raised bed and the 35 cm and 33 cm long slats are placed on top.
4º.- Protect and decorate the wood
A colorless glaze is used to protect the wood. This is an open-pored protection that still allows the wood to breathe, but at the same time protects against moisture.
In addition, you can of course paint and decorate your raised bed as you like. In this tutorial we painted floral motifs on the wood using spray paint and stencils. In this way you can give your raised bed a special touch, so to speak.
5º.- Lay the weed control
In the last step, the inside of the raised bed is covered with weed fleece. This type of fabric allows it to drain without causing the roots to rot from excessive moisture.
In order to place the fleece as precisely as possible, we cut a piece with the scissors so that it covers the bottom of the box as precisely as possible. Then we attached it to the ground with a staple gun.
So, after completing all stages, the grow table is ready to start growing our vegetables.
Our tip: If this is your first raised bed, it makes sense to first plant small plants that have already grown.
As soon as you have a little experience you can start planting seeds. There is also a post on our blog on how to grow your own plants from seeds.
We hope that this DIY project for making a raised bed was interesting for you and hope that we were able to inspire you a little 😊
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