Here we have two (untreated) boards from Lowes, 12 inches wide by 8 feet long. We had a nice dude cut them both in the cutting machine, giving us two 3 ft long boards and two 5 ft long boards. Easy Peasy.
Keith and his trusty drill and his handy helper Delia join the boards together with three and a half inch screws.
Isn't he just the handsomest handyman you've ever seen?
We filled the frame with 15 cubic feet of Miracle Grow Organic Choice Garden Soil, which the nice man at Lowes sold to us at a discount so we wouldn't go buy it at Big Lots. The total cost for this raised bed was $95. That felt like a whole darn lot of money, but it will last for several years.
This is the sunniest location on our property. It gets full sun from dawn to about noon. Better than the back yard which never gets full sun. So it'll have to do. We might be eating a lot of lettuce this year. I had to get down and break up all the clumps with my hands and a fork-tool. That soil smells like poop, but in a good way. I really can't wait to plant something, but we haven't yet decided what.
This is a family experiment. We will grow a little something for everyone. Who knows how it will turn out. Next up : Hanging Tomato Baskets.