How To Build A Raised Garden Bed Using Pocket Screws

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One of the easiest ways to garden is to plant your flowers, plants and vegetables in raised garden beds. There are so many benefits that come with planting in a raised garden bed. 

Some natural soils are too acidic or alkaline for the plants that you want to grow. The annoying thing is that you can’t permanently change the makeup of the natural soil either. Well… you can, but not for a long period of time or without putting in a lot of effort and blood, sweat and tears. 

Don’t get too hung up on the chemistry of the soil in your garden, instead, put the ideal soil into raised garden beds and voila. Raised garden beds also look very striking, especially if you already have some flowers or veggies growing directly in the ground in your garden. Let’s not forget that maintaining the health of your plants and soil is so much easier in raised beds. 

Forget about purchasing expensive raised beds from garden centers, you can make something even more special and unique for yourself. All you need is some coarse-thread pocket screws (great for softwood as it stops it from splitting), a pocket hole jig (this is a really important tool, check out these top 5 pocket hole jigs to get the right pocket hole jig for you), some wood and basic household tools.

Here is our step by step guide to making your raised garden bed;

  1. First, you need to think about the size and height that you want your garden bed to be. If you can get enough material, make the bed tall enough so that you don’t have to kneel down or bend over too much as you work. 
  2. Cut the wood to the size you want, use a circular saw to make the cuts to get the most precise cut without breaking a sweat. 
  3. Using your pocket hole jig, create about 3 or 4 pocket holes for each leg.
  4. Use 2 ½ or 3-inch pocket screws to attach the leg boards.
  5. Now that the legs are connected, lay them out on the ground along with the sideboards. 
  6. Use 3-inch pocket screws to attach the sideboards to the legs. 
  7. Now you have two long sideboards connected to legs, you must now connect the short sideboards to the legs using 2 ½ inch pocket screws. By the end of this section, you will have a four-sided raised garden bed with two long sides and two short sides. 
  8. Use your pocket hole jig to create holes on the cap to connect to the body.
  9. Secure with pocket screws. 
  10. Make sure the lid is level.
  11. Put a weed cloth at the bottom of the raised garden bed to stop any unwanted plants and weeds contaminating your garden bed. 

Finally, add some soil and start panting!

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