Make a Raised Garden Bed Using Old Wood Fence Boards
Make A Raised Garden Bed Out of an Old Wood Fence Panel
To begin this project of making a raised garden bed using unwanted or discarded wood fence panels; gather the old fence panels that are no longer wanted or being used by checking your neighborhood and surrounding area for new fencing going up and inquire with the home owner as to what he plans to do with the old panels. Most will appreciate you hauling them off at no charge to them.
Dismantle and Prepare
Once you’ve acquired the fencing panels, begin to disassemble the individual pieces. Be sure to remove all nails, screws and hardware from the pieces. Trim any jagged edges. You may dust or wash the boards off, if you so desire.
Take three slats or pieces. Cut 8” off the end of each piece. If your pieces have a pointed or v cut end, cut the 8” pieces from that end. If they are flat, make a v shaped point at one end of each.
Now take one of the slats and cut in equal halves. Lay the two longer slats side by side and position the shorter slats at the ends of the longer slats. Position the longer pieces to meet the shorter pieces at the corners. Take the 8” pieces that you cut earlier and place two of them in opposite corners and one in the center of one of the longer slats with pointed ends up. Secure the pieces together with screws. This is the hardest part of this project. Using a power tool will help you to secure and accomplish this task much faster and with ease.
Flip Over and Place Where Desired
Once you’ve decided where you want to place your raised garden bed, simply turn it over so the points are now facing down and press or use a hammer to insert the points of the bed into the soil, this secures the bed in place.
You can make several of these raised beds from just one –eight foot fence panel. You can also manipulate the length or width to suit your needs, just add more of the 8" brace pieces where extra support is needed.
So, get out there, breath some fresh air, get back in touch with nature and recycle anything you can in any way you can. Use your imagination, make something new and usable from something old, unwanted or discarded. The sky is the limit.
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