Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always enjoyed summers filled with fresh vegetables from the family garden. So, naturally, when we finally got a house of our own it wasn’t a question if we would build a vegetable garden or not – it was when? We moved in our house in April and by the time we were settled in, it was too late to plant a vegetable garden. We’ve been waiting a whole year for this project and we were so excited to start!
Supplies For Our DIY Vegetable Garden
- 3 – 2in x 10in x 12ft plywood boards
- 1 – 2in x 4in x 8 ft plywood board
- Circular saw
- 1 truckload of filler dirt
- 1 pallet of topsoil
- 3 bags of Miracle Grow Potting Soil
Building Our Vegetable Garden
We, or should I say Kurt, started by building the frame. He sawed one of our 2in x 10in x 12ft plywood boards in half so we were left with 2, 6ft boards which would make up the two ends of our vegetable garden bed frame. Next he screwed the 12ft and 6ft boards together making a rectangle.
Once our frame was in place, Kurt sawed the 2×4 into 4 pieces. After the pieces were cut, he sawed points on one end of all 4 pieces.
We placed our pointed pieces in the 4 corners of our frame and Kurt hammered them into the ground. A sledge hammer would have been ideal for this part, but we don’t have one so we improvised. Kurt placed a scrap piece of 2×4 from our DIY Pottery Barn Bed project on top of the angled 2×4 and pounded it into the ground with a handheld hammer.
Our vegetable garden bed is 6ft wide x 12ft long x 10in tall, so we needed a LOT of dirt. We got a truckload of filler dirt from a local nursery.
I wanted to move the grass to a lower part of our yard but it was about to rain and we needed to get the dirt in the bed. Once Kurt and his dad unloaded all the dirt, we knew we would need more. Kurt headed to Home depot and got a pallet of top soil (40 bags) and 3 large backs of Miracle Grow soil. It took almost the whole pallet to reach the top of the bed frame. Once the garden bed was full, Kurt raked 3 nice-sized rows.
Being the cheapos we are, we decided to try and grow our garden from seed. We planted a range of vegetables including beef steak tomatoes, bell pepper, egg plant, zucchini, golden zucchini, and green beans. We’ll post more as our garden progresses but we’re pretty excited about our DIYstinctlyMade vegetable garden and our DIYstinctlyMade veggies to come.
*Note: Pressure treated wood contains chemicals and is not recommended for use in gardens where edible plants will be grown. If you do decide to use pressure treated wood, use a vapor barrier between the soil and wood to prevent soil contamination.