This DIY is perfect for those of you who are without the most ideal flat space to build a garden. After 5 years of living in our home, we finally got our garden started! Due to our backyard being one giant hill, we decided to try building raised garden boxes to make the best use of the space (and still leave plenty of hillside available for sledding in the winter). They may not be the prettiest garden boxes, but they are doing their job just fine, and maybe in the future, if these do well, we will upgrade them with more permanent materials.
This view makes the backyard not look very big, but trust me, it is not small, and it is all downhill. We are starting with just these two (tomatoes and potatoes), with the plan of adding a couple more next year, and gradually work our way down the hill. (Pretend you don't see that pile of
dirt mud there, we have had a crazy amount of rain lately and the entire yard is one mushy, muddy mess, so we are not moving it until things dry out a bit.) The idea was to build the raised beds into the hillside leaving more than enough room for mowing and moving around between the boxes. They are 4 feet by 4 feet, with 6 feet between the boxes, so they are good sized, but I can still easily reach into the middle without needing to climb into the box itself.
The construction is very simple; 3- 1x12 common boards that are 8 feet long, and scrap pieces of 2x4 to use as bracing in the corners and the front center. Each 8 foot board was cut in half and one of those 4 foot pieces was ripped lengthwise on the diagonal.
Depending on your yard, you may need more or less of the 1x12 boards. For our hill, there was almost exactly 1 foot of elevation change from the front of the box to the back (told you it was a big hill!), so using two 1x12 boards on the front worked out perfectly.Then we used the diagonally cut pieces on the sides so that we didn't have to cut into the hill further, or unnecessarily build up the back of the boxes.
The steepness of this hill is hard to capture in a picture, but I think you can get a good idea from the picture below. So, in the matter of just a couple of hours, we turned our burden of a backyard into a useful garden spot that will continue to grow. Now, to keep all of the plants alive...
Tell me below, what are your growing in your garden this year?