Raised Bed DIY

Mar 11, 2018

Happy Sunday guys! It's been a cold, dreary and rainy day here in NC. I'm more than ready for Spring, 🌿 what about you guys?! This little project came about yesterday. Saturday, was on of those days, I wish we had more of, ever have those days, you know you'll look back on and treasure? Joe didn't work (which never happens), we slept in on the day before daylight savings time and it was glorious. I got up and made pour over coffee, we watched TV, then casually got ready to go to Raleigh before lunch. Joe had to go price a job he's doing near downtown Raleigh, but on the way, we rode around looking at all the B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L houses near downtown. If you ever need inspo, or want to absolutely drool over some gorgeous homes, go meander around downtown Raleigh, and you'll find plenty.🏡 Next, he took me to an authentic hispanic restaurant called, Tacqeria el Toro. There menu is linked here. It was SO GOOD guys, so fresh, the chips and guac were the best I've ever had. EVER. And I've had a bunch of guac in my day. If you get a chance, go!

Next, we went to my favorite garden shop at Seaboard Station, called Logan's. They have a great selection of plants, you can't normally find at Lowe's or Southern States. So we picked up a few herb plants and some spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. I'm excited to have fresh herbs readily available at home and I'm going to try to dry and preserve some to have year round too! I'll keep ya posted on how that goes. 😉 After we left Logan's, we came back to Lowe's to pick up a few things for another project we're working on that I can't WAIT to share with you guys. All in good time, my peeps, all in good time. So then, we started thinking, where are we going to put all these herbs? Insert little lady shrugging emoji. I had no idea where to put them. #oops. We have a huge garden in our back yard, but it's not tilled or ready for our summertime garden, and I wanted to have my herbs easily accessible. So, Joe decided to whip up a little raised bed for me. First, you'll need to decide how many slots you want to have in your box. We went with 8 slots. Supply list is below. 
  • 12' x 8" cedar board
  • Nail Gun/nails
  • Metal grate or mesh for the bottom of the box
  • Topsoil
  • Herbs of choice
  • Plant markers
Step 1: Our box dimensions were 2' x 4' with 8 slots. Joe mitered the corners, but you could easily just overlap the corners and nail together, I prefer the mitered corners. 

Step 2: Attach a metal grate or mesh in the bottom of the box so that water can flow through the topsoil and drain out the bottom. 

Step 3: We placed old sheets in the bottom of the box, so the dirt wouldn't stain the concrete on the front porch. Then we filled the box with topsoil.

Step 4: Get ya plant on girl! 

Step 5: Cute little plant markers. I really wanted to get some little chalk stakes like these, linked here. However, I'm impatient as all get out, did you know? I am. So instead, I rigged some "in-the-meantime" markers. Aaaand I have to say, I think they turned out pretty cute! I cut up some spare pine pieces (pine is a soft wood and burns easier), then, I wood burned all the different herb names on them! It took about an hour to do all 8. I may end up switching to the chalk ones, but for now, these were my favorite price, free-ninety nine 😏. Below, is a time-lapse of me doing the wood burning, sorry I couldn't get it flipped around! 

That's it guys! We do plan to add either rope or metal handles on the side so I can move around, otherwise, it' done! Our quick little DIY weekend project, that really only cost us the cedar board, the herbs and the topsoil. Do you guys like to garden? When do you start gardening?! I'd love to know! As always, thanks for stopping by!


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