Gardening | 3 August 2016DIY Raised Bed with Benches Share article facebook twitter google pinterest The raised bed revolution is a new trend in gardening. Instead of planting in the ground, people are building raised boxes to plant in. The raised bed brings the garden up to you, instead of you going down to it. This makes it easier for people who cannot bend down as much, and gives some protection from small animals. The raised bed with benches gives an added bonus of a place to sit while planting and weeding, a place to put your tools or water can, or anything else you have with you. The benches also make a nice place to just sit and enjoy the garden you have planted. Here is the how to, to building a raised bed with benches, from the book Raised Bed Revolution. Tools Miter saw or circular saw Drill/driver Clamps Carpenter’s square Tape measure Eye and ear protection Work gloves Materials (1) 2 × 2″ × 8′ board (3) 2 × 4″ × 8′ boards (8) 2 × 6″ × 8′ boards (2) 2″ × 8″ × 8′ boards (3) 1-lb. boxes 21?2″ deck screws (1) 1-lb. box 3″ deck screws Cut list PART DIMENSION PCS Side slats 11?2 × 51?2 × 45″ 8 Bottom side slats 11?2 × 71?4 × 45″ 4 Inner posts 11?2 × 31?2 × 14″ 8 Bracket supports 11?2 × 51?2 × 16″ 4 Brackets 11?2 × 51?2 × 151?2″ 8 Outer posts 11?2 × 31?2 × 161?2″ 4 Seat slats 11?2 × 51?2 × 24″ 8 Seat cleats 11?2 × 11?2 × 201?2″ 4 STEP 1: MAKE THE SIDE ASSEMBLIES. Create each side assembly by positioning two side slats and a bottom side slat with the ends flush. Attach the inner posts 131?2 inches from the ends and 13?4 inches from the edge of the bottom side slat. Use 21?2-inch deck screws to fasten. Repeat to create three more assemblies, using two side slats, one bottom side slat, and two inner posts for each. Divide the four assemblies into two sets of two. STEP 2: ADD THE BRACKET SUPPORTS FOR THE BENCH. Attach a bracket support to the opposite side of each assembly, overlapping the two side slats that will be closest to the top. Fasten in place with 21?2-inch deck screws. STEP 3: CONNECT THE BRACKETS. Attach the brackets to both the bracket support and the side slats with 21?2-inch deck screws. STEP 4: JOIN THE SEAT CLEAT. Place the seat cleat flush with the brackets, and attach it to the side slats with 21?2-inch deck screws. STEP 5: ADD THE SEAT SLATS. Set the first seat slat in place and attach it to both the cleat and the brackets with 21?2-inch deck screws. STEP 6: ATTACH THE SECOND SEAT SLAT. Using a 1?4-inch scrap piece of wood as a spacer, set the second seat slat in place and attach it to the brackets. Then remove the spacer. STEP 7: JOIN THE OUTER POSTS. Attach an outer post to the sides of two of the side assemblies. It should be placed on the outside with half covering the wood and half overlapping. STEP 8: JOIN TOGETHER THE FIRST SET OF SIDE ASSEMBLIES. Attach one assembly with the outer post to another, making sure the ends of the side assemblies sit flush with the outer posts. Fasten with 3-inch deck screws. Place in the garden where you want the raised bed to go. STEP 9: FIT ALL THE SIDES TOGETHER. Attach the remaining side assemblies with 3-inch deck screws. They should fit together snugly, like a puzzle. Plant it! Now that your raised bed is build you are ready to plant. Get more tips for planting and maintaining a raised bed in Raised Bed Revolution by Tara Nolan. You can also find more bed designs to build the one that’s right for your space. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Join the revolution and create a beautiful raised bed garden with inspiration from the ultimate raised bed gardening guidebook! Raised bed gardening is the fastest-growing garden strategy today, and Raised Bed Revolution is its ultimate guidebook. The book includes information about size requirements for constructing raised beds, height suggestions, types of materials you can use, and creative tips for fitting the maximum garden capacity into small spaces–including vertical gardening.Enhanced with gorgeous photography, this book covers subjects such as growing-medium options, rooftop gardening, cost-effective gardening solutions, planting tips, watering strategies (automatic water drip systems and hand watering), and more. The process of creating and building raised beds is a cinch, too, thanks to the extensive gallery of design ideas and step-by-step projects.This gardening strategy is taking serious root. Why? Several reasons:- Raised beds allow gardeners to practice space efficiency as well as accessibility- Raised beds permit gardeners to use their own soil, and they can be designed with wheels for easy portability if partial sunlight is a problem.- Water conservation is easier for gardeners who use raised beds. – Pest control is assisted because most garden pests can’t make the leap up into the raised bed. For yards that struggle with drainage, raised bed gardening offers a no-brainer solution. Raised beds simply create a more interesting yard! Find out more about why everyone is joining the raised bed revolution. You can roll up your sleeves and join it, too! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.