If you don’t know how to occupy your time this coming weekend, I’d like to pitch you a suggestion: make a few DIY raised garden beds and start an organic garden. I did this last weekend and discovered that it’s very therapeutic, healing and fun! It also leads to a deep sense of accomplishment and helps you disconnect from electronic devices.
For the last four years I’ve been living in a hipster warehouse without access to gardening space. It was an enjoyable existence filled with cameras, technology, computers, skateboards, and skinny jeans, but everything has it’s trade-offs. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I missed nature immensely. Last fall, my girlfriend and I moved to Washington State where she bought a house with a yard. In early March, I made up my mind and decided to start a garden. Due to the yard layout, the garden had to be small and efficient. Raised garden beds seemed like a rational choice.
I did a bit of online research and devised a construction plan. I decided to build my garden boxes from cedar wood as it is moisture and rot resistant. However, upon price checking cedar boards, I was quickly put off by their cost. At my local lumber yard, one 10-foot cedar board costs $31. This type of garden was outside my price range. Not knowing what else to do, I called up my friend Willy for advice. Willy is a fine woodworker with experience in all things related to wood. Within minutes I had a budget solution.
Willy recommended I use 2×6 boards instead of cedar for my garden beds. An eight foot 2×6 costs less than $6 in Tacoma, Washington (where I live). Willy also instructed me to buy some non-toxic boiled linseed oil and coat the 2×6’s with it. It turns out that two to three coats of boiled linseed oil protects raw wood from moisture and rot. The end result was epic! I made cheap garden beds that will last for years.
The entire build was super fun and helped me feel accomplished. It’d even say it boosted my self-esteem. My project also enabled me to separate from my phone for the entire weekend, which was really nice. Best of all, I have lots of tasty organic veggies and greens to look forward to in the future.
If you’re reading this blog post and feeling motivated to follow my lead, I have a treat for you. I made a video about the build. Feel free to borrow or steal any of my ideas.
And if you want to spend even less money, check out my DIY pallet garden beds video.!