I have a couple weeks off from work (maxed out my vacation time again!) and I went up to the house for an extra-long Labor Day weekend. While there my dad and I built 2 raised bed gardens for me. I really need them because I want to grow garlic and onions and other "below ground" crops and it is almost impossible with the gophers there. We built 2 each, 8ft x 4ft beds but you could just build one if that is all the room you have. You could also go smaller, 6ft x 3ft would work as well.
Here is what you need for materials:
Redwood Boards (2x8) - 2 each 8 foot pieces and 2 each 4 foot pieces.
Redwood Post (4x4) - 4 feet long, cut into 4 each 1 foot lengths.
- 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch galvanized hardware cloth. I bought a 25 foot roll that was 24 inches wide for each bed.
- 3" exterior or deck screws
- Staple gun and 1/4" staples
- At least 32 bags of filler material such as top soil, compost and manure, if you don't have enough "good dirt" from your yard.
- Shovel and gloves
- Level (optional unless you are working with my dad, then it is required.)
This is really simple! You are building a box and using the post pieces to attach the boards together. But you need to keep everything lined up. We started with laying the long boards on top of 2 of the cut posts and lining them up to the top of the post and the side. Then we used 2 screws to drill through the boards into the posts. When you finish this step you will have one long side with a post at both ends.
The next part is a little tricky because you need to attach the short sides to the post now. Having 2 people makes this easier. One person lines up the short side on the post so that the top is level with the other side, while the other person screws it into place. Do this with the other short piece and you will have a rectangular box with about 4 inches of the post sticking down.
|Corner where the sides meet on the post.|
|Dig holes for the posts and level the sides|
|Stapling the gopher wire - cut around the corner and fold it up like wrapping a present before stapling.|
|This is enough dirt for 1 box - 32 bags (1 cubic ft each bag)||(8 x 4 x 1 = 32 cf)|
|Starting to fill the box|
|View of the finished boxes from my deck|
|Box with netting over the top and the bags around the side for weed protection|
|Landing area into the garden.|
My boxes will be uses for garlic, shallots, broccoli, turnips, parsnips and rutabaga for the winter. I will use them next spring for onions and potatoes. Hopefully, this will deter the gophers! I am forever an optimist.