DIY multi-purpose Garden bed Box
Make an interlocking Garden Bed Box
Note: This is the standard version (ft and inch). There is another version in metric
(mm) dimensions that can be viewed here.
This version is suited for North America, the metric version is suited for Australasia.
This is a multipurpose garden bed box.
You can make 1 high garden box, 2 medium height, or 3 lower boxes. Switch and change to suit - all with the same interlocking boards.
This raised garden box is very versatile and practical.
It is easy to assemble, disassemble, and change height, as the pieces slot into one another (interlock) and there is no need for any fasteners.
Overall the footprint (area) is 4ft x 4ft.
The height can be raised or lowered at will just by adding or subtracting the wall boards.
The height adjustable factor can be very useful for growing such vegetables as potatoes which can benefit from adding height in stages as the plants grow.
Wood size and type
What size wood
I used 1x6 (actual size) boards for this project.
Wider or thicker wood can be used by following the same construction principles.
What type of wood
Use a wood that is decay resistant - i.e. suitable for outside and it's intended application.
Some natural woods do the trick, but for the most part treated woods seem to be cheaper and more readily available.
Some treated woods have toxic chemicals in them that may get into the soil and possibly the plant life.
Some treated woods can be acceptable. Your local supplier should be able to advise on the right type of wood to use, and if you have any concerns about the treatment you can always place plastic sheet (e.g. polythene) between the boards and the soil.
The making basically involves cutting slots into the edge of the boards at each end. The slots in one board fit into the slots in another board and that holds them together. The more boards added, the higher she goes. Easy stuff and very practical.