DIY: Build Your Own Raised Beds

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This year, I am embarking on another new adventure with my church’s new vegetable garden ministry! We aim to grow fruits and vegetables in our backyard to donate to local food banks and/or local needy families in the area. We are just getting started, but I am already learning a lot. Since we found out that the soil in the back has a high content of lead, we had to find a way to get or build raised beds to grow our veggies in.
I am so fortunate to know such a talented girl as Kaitlyn who helped me on a few construction projects last year. You might remember the front landscape and fence we installed for this client last summer? She designed and built that fence and again used her talents for us this spring, creating these beautiful raised beds!  She was kind enough to give instructions on creating your own. Keep reading below!
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Part A – 1″x6″x4′ Side Panel (6 per box)
Part B – 1″x6″x6′ Side Panel (6 per box)
Part C – 4″x4″x2′ Posts (8 per box)
Part D – 4″x4″x12″ Corner Posts (4 per box)
Part E – 1″x6″x56″ Trim Piece (2 per box)
Part F – 1″x6″x80″ Trim Piece (2 per box)
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Panels:
As you can see in the picture, the side panel pieces are off-set by 1″ so that all the sides fit together like a puzzle pieces. The way I made each side was to lay them down (good side face down), then using a scrap piece of 1×6 to offset the middle piece and drawing a line dividing the section into thirds (about every 24″ for the 6 foot section and 18″ for the 4 foot section). I then placed the boards on top of Part C (lines showing, lined up in the middle of the post). With the post and 1×6 flush at the top, I used two screws per 1×6 to attach to Part C, then picked a side (I chose the side were the middle piece stuck out) and put Part D on the inside of the panel flush with the two outside pieces of the panel. I put a screw in the middle of the outside pieces and two screws in the middle piece to attach Part A or B to Part D.
Note: For the 4X4 posts, usually only one corner is truly square, so for attaching Part D to the side panels, make sure that the square corner is the one touching the side panels, otherwise your box will not turn out square.
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Trim:
The long lengths are 80″ and 56″ with 45 degree miter cuts on either side. I used two screws to attach Part E or F to the posts (Part C) on each side. The hardest thing is lining up the corners. It’s easier if you lay everything out first, staple the corners using 1/2″ staples and then attach it to the box. Just make sure everything is square.
Leave a comment and let us know if you have any questions or get to try this out yourself!  We can’t wait to start growing our veggies in these beautiful beds!
Thank you Kaitlyn!

4 Seasons Recommends: The Viburnum

Witherod Viburnum, full, LurveysBlue Muffin Viburnum, full, Lurveys[Photos courtesy of Lurveys.com]

The Viburnum is a choice shrub for almost any garden. It comes in many varieties, but all grow well in partial shade to full sun and most produce beautiful, fragrant flowers in the spring.

Blue Muffin Viburnum, flowers, LurveysBlue Muffin Viburnum, berries, Lurveys

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The Blue Muffin, or Arrowwood, Viburnum grows well in shaded areas or full sun, producing beautiful white flowers in the spring that turn into bright blue berries in the summer. Many also choose the Blue Muffin for its deep autumn foliage that make this shrub a 3-season beauty.

Arrowwood Viburnum, fall, LurveysKorean Spice Viburnum, flowers, Lurveys

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The Koreanspice Viburnum is one of the most fragrant of all shrubs and is low maintenance, requiring little pruning during the year. Its attractive white balls of fragrant flowers bloom mid-spring, and come autumn, you will witness its brilliant red leaves.

Arrowwood Viburnum, full, Lurveys

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Viburnums are relatively low maintenance and can act as accent pieces or hedging for your garden. Some varieties are native to North America and thrive in urban environments with high levels of pollution.

The versatility, ease in maintenance and beautiful year round color make the Viburnum one of our favorites. Take a look at the pictures and let us know what you think!