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A do-it-yourself raised garden bed begins with a circular saw, a drill and some lumber. Find out how to plan and build a raised garden bed with help from a gardener in this free video on raised gardens.

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Hello, I'm Steve Skinner with Kathryn's Garden, and today we're going to show you how to make a do-it-yourself raised bed. What you're going to need for tools, you're going to need a circular saw, also drill, tape measure, square and a pencil. And I'm using some lumber that I salvaged off from an old deck. It's good for the environment; it's good for my pocket too. So, what we're going to do first is because the lumber itself has some split ends on it, we need to square off the ends. You just mark your, the end. This one's angled, so, I'm just going to square it off. Okay. And we just saw them on. Alright. And we need to mark two of these boards at four feet, that's forty eight inches; forty eight, forty eight. Square these marks over. Alright. This one we want to spin around. Alright. So, there's two sides; here's one side. Okay, now that we have our boards cut, it's time for assembly and we I took this deck apart, I also save over the screws that went with the deck to save me some more money. So what we do, we just screw the ends together, about two screws per side would be plenty. Alright. And now for the other side. Okay, the next thing we need to make is some two by two pegs that we drive in the ground to hold our bed steady and the way I do it is I got some old four by four that I salvaged and we're just going to split it down in the middle and make them about eight inches long and sharpen the end. And I'm just going to show you how to do that. Okay, so now we have our pegs and we just drive these in the ground and we're going to screw our raised bed to and we'll do it in the corners like this. So, let's take this off to our garden and I'll show you hot to put it together. Okay. We got our bed laid down and we want to make sure that it's straight with our other beds, reasonably square and we check it and its straight with our other beds; so now, what we want to do is we want to drive our pegs. So, we just do certain peg in the corner, about two inches below it. Okay. So now all we have to do is drive the other pegs and screw the bed to the pegs and we're done. So, let's do that. This has been Steve Skinner with Kathryn's Garden, and that's how you build and install a do-it-yourself raised bed.


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