Raised Garden Bed Build – What You Need To Know


– I wanna show you how to build
a raised bed like this one. I’m gonna show you how by rebuilding one of my other raised beds. This one needs a little
TLC, but I love raided beds, it’s not rocket science to build them. If I can do it, you can do it. Ready? Let’s go. Make, fix, grow, cook. Garden Fork. So this bed is probably 12 years old, and this is untreated lumber. I’ve switched to using treated lumber, controversy, I know! The video at the end
will explain that, okay, there’ll be a link at
the end, so stick around for the end of the video. But this puppy needs to be redone, and I thought I’ll show
you how to build one by rebuilding one, all right? Isn’t that beautiful? My whole garden is raised beds for a couple of reasons,
which I talk about in some of the other raised bed videos; link will be at the end
of the show and below, but it just makes life easier, I think, and they’re not hard to build. People may want to make it complicated, I’m all about making it simple. The main ingredient, the
big, okay the most important thing here is your wood. This is a copper treated,
pressure treated wood that will last a lot longer. I like my beds four foot
wide and I think these are gonna be 14 feet long. And you can, usually at
the lumberyard they will cut these down for you,
or you should just get your own circular saw
and cut them yourself. Wear safety gear when
you’re cutting wood, okay? I don’t know if you can see with the video but this bed has kind of bowed outward. How’s that, bowed
outward, that looks weird. From basically, I think
from frost heat really. So I’m not gonna do it on
this one because basically I forgot to buy the wood. I can slot it in later, but you can put a little cross bar in there as well, so think about the
lumber you’re gonna need, how high you want the bed,
but let’s just get to work instead of me talking, okay? (shovel thunking) All right, I’ve moved all
this dirt up into here. Take a look right over here. Do you see these brackets here? Notice that the brackets,
well, I’ll take them out and show you, but the
screws and the brackets are intact, as the wood is falling apart. So, don’t sweat the
brackets, just get, well, we’ll talk about brackets in a minute. But just note the condition there. (loud hoarse barking) (grinding whine) So these are (mumbles) my glasses, these are regular old drywall screws here, and it’s kind of a, that’s
a regular hardware store bracket, so use what you’ve
got, it’ll work just fine. I mean don’t sweat, you get
the uber tornado hurricane screw bracket things, okay, it’s dirt. And look at how beat up that is! But we’re ready to redo
the new, I’m just gonna lay new wood in here. See these brackets? Brackets are just fine. (dragging scrape) (loud dragging) Little shorter than the bed,
but there’s a reason for that! I had a moment of panic. (laughs) Welcome to Eric. But I wanted the space
between the raised beds to be wider so I could get
more gear through there. So this, I’m gonna
shorten this a little bit and that’s okay, it just
means, it means more shoveling. Thank you, Eric. Basically we’re making
a rectangle out of wood. Doesn’t have to be
perfect, we’re not going to the moon here, we’re
just growing vegetables and flowers, right, me and you. Done is better than perfect. Just keep telling yourself that. I’m gonna re-use these
brackets, they’re just fine. You could also use these angled brackets that are used for roof
trusses, they’re galvanized. And then I’ve got just some
coated deck screws here. What do you got in your
shop, probably will work. I like the coated ones because
they’re easier to get out. I probably will have to redo this. (clanking thuds) The long piece gets a bracket
that is flush with the end. There is a reason for this
that will become evident a little later in the video, okay? (loud drilling) So then line this up,
I’ve got a piece of wood under here to help make it all level, line this corner up so it’s flush and then we’re gonna screw this in. (grinding thunk) Nice! Oh, I got the thing left in there. I’ll link to all my tools I’m using. I really like this impact driver. I’m missing my screw holder
thing so I’m making do with what I got, which is this, okay. (grinding drill whine) Oops, hard with a camera,
you’re holding the camera and (grinding drill whine) screwing the thing. Another raised bed here
for my blueberries, there’s a video about that. Oh, what are you doing, huh? What are you doing? All right, before we talk about soil, putting in soil in the raised
bed, what kind and all that, let’s talk about a couple
add-ons you can do. Trellises, all these things talked about, I’ll link to the videos at the end. Super simple trellis
I do, my string beans. These are an heirloom that
I save the seeds from. Are you thinking about
a irrigation system? Let me show you. Super cool, soaker hose
irrigation, super easy. If I can do it, you can do it. Soil, you can buy soil. Don’t order topsoil and have it delivered. I think the best thing for you
to do is lasagna gardening. We did a video about this,
it worked out really well. You can build your own soil. You could order this, you
could order garden soil. It’s a little pricey, you
gotta move it in here. Lasagna gardening, you
layer and it’s really cool to watch happen, and
it makes amazing soil. I’ve got a bunch more videos about how to use your raised beds,
trellises, drip irrigation. I made a little playlist for you, it should be floating right here. So you and I, let’s continue
our journey together today, right there, all right?

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