30 Ways of Homesteading~ Build a raised garden bed on the cheap!
I’ve always felt that homesteading is a state of mind, not how much land you farm or how many animals you raise, but it’s a sense of self-sufficiency and self-reliance. I’m participating in The 30 Ways of Homesteading by The Prepared Bloggers Network to show how the average suburbanite (like me) can start a backyard garden without a huge cash investment. Two things that I’m passionate about, backyard gardening and saving money… especially when we are talking about building a raised garden bed for under $12!
At the moment, I have 6 raised garden beds all growing organic food continuously, year-round for under $100. How far would $100 get you at the grocery store buying organic produce? I’m thinking not very far, it’s expensive!
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When I first started researching raised garden beds, I was in shock at the pricing of those “raised garden bed kits” you can buy, I thought there had to be a cheaper way. I found it! and it’s as simple as pickets on a fence…
For your super cheap raised garden bed, you will need:
- (6) 5-1/2 in. x 6 ft. fence pickets- pine is super cheap but cedar will last longer and repel bugs… It costs a little more
- (3) 2 x 2 x 36 in. balusters for corners and supports- again, pine is super cheap but cedar will weather better and cost a little more
- wood screws
Cut the dog ears off of the tops of the fence pickets so that it’s an even edge and all the pickets are all the same length. Next, cut 2 pickets in half, making the short end of the bed. Now, you have 4 almost 6 ft. pickets and 4 3 ft(ish) pickets, these will be the sides of the raised garden bed. Next, cut the balusters into 12 in. sections, these will be the supports and the corner pieces for the sides.
After all of the boards are cut, lay them out so you can screw down the support pieces into them. The pickets will need to be edge to edge so that the wall will be almost 12 inches tall. Place the supports every 2 ft. beginning at the very tip and ending at the very end edge, screw them in place.
Next, screw the short pickets into the end supports to form a 90 degree corner, do the same on the other side. Now you have 2 “L’s” that need to be screwed together at opposite ends.
* If you evened up one edge of the supports to the side of the picket all the way around, you can actually place the side that sticks up about an inch into the ground for added strength against bowing once it’s filled with soil.
Once the bed is finished, place it in it’s permanent home in your yard/garden. I used a couple of layers of cardboard in the bottom as a biodegradable weed blocker, then fill with compost soil and plant.
Kill weeds and grass around the raised garden bed with this safe, non-toxic homemade weed killer and keep creepy crawly destructive insects under control with this non-toxic, all natural bug control method.
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Now, please take a few minutes and check out more of the 30 Ways of Homesteading posts from my friends in the Prepared Blogger Network
Crops on the Homestead
Straw Bale Gardening from PreparednessMama
Crop Rotation for the Backyard Homesteader from Imperfectly Happy
Benefits of Growing Fruit from SchneiderPeeps
Succession Planting: More Food in the Same Space from 104 Homestead
Crops to Grow for Food Storage from Grow A Good Life
Winter Gardening Series from Our Stoney Acres
How To Build a Raised Garden Bed For Under $12 from Frugal Mama and The Sprout
How to Save Carrot Seeds from Food Storage and Survival
Animals on the Homestead
Getting Your Bees Started from Game and Garden
Homesteading How-To: Bees from Tennessee Homestead
How to Get Ready for Chicks from The Homesteading Hippy
Selecting a Goat Breed for Your Homestead from Chickens Are a Gateway Animal
Adding New Poultry and Livestock from Timber Creek Farm
Beekeeping 101: 5 Things To Do Before Your Bees Arrive from Home Ready Home
How to Prepare for Baby Goats from Homestead Lady
How to Prevent and Naturally Treat Mastitis in the Family Milk Cow from North Country Farmer
Tips to Raising Livestock from Melissa K. Norris
Raising Baby Chicks – Top 5 Chicken Supplies from Easy Homestead
Making the Homestead Work for You – Infrastructure
Ways to Homestead in a Deed Restricted Community from Blue Jean Mama
Building a Homestead from the Ground Up from Beyond Off Grid
DIY Rainwater Catchment System from Survival Prepper Joe
Finding Our Homestead Land from Simply Living Simply
I Wish I Was A Real Homesteader by Little Blog on the Homestead
Endless Fencing Projects from Pasture Deficit Disorder
Essential Homesteading Tools: From Kitchen To Field from Trayer Wilderness
Homesteading Legal Issues from The 7 P’s Blog
Why We Love Small Space Homesteading In Suburbia from Lil’ Suburban Homestead
Preserving and Using the Bounty from the Homestead
How to Dehydrate Corn & Frozen Vegetables from Mom With a Prep
How to Make Soap from Blue Yonder Urban Farms
How to Render Pig Fat from Mama Kautz
How to Make Your Own Stew Starter from Homestead Dreamer
Why You Should Grow and Preserve Rhubarb! from Living Life in Rural Iowa
It’s a Matter of Having A Root Cellar…When You Don’t Have One from A Matter of Preparedness
Until next time, stay awesome!