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What you need:
  • 2 4' pressure treated 2X12's
  • 2 8' pressure treated 2x12's lumber
  • 6 2' cedar stakes
  • 8 L brackets(with four holes)
  • 32 1" galvanized wood screws
  • 10 3" galvanized wood screws
  • Skillsaw
  • A drill with a philips head bit
  • Shovel
  • Rubber mallet
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The first step is to mount the L brackets to the 4' lengths of wood. Using a drill and the 1" screws, fasten the brackets about six inches apart from one another. Mount two brackets on each end.
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Next, attach the 4' lengths of wood to the 8' lengths of wood. You may need someone to hold the two in place while you drill the screws.
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Now that you have created a rectangular bed, it's time to pound in the cedar stakes. Place one on each corner and one in the middle of each of the 8' pieces of wood.
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After all the stakes are in the ground, you will need to fasten them to the sides of the 2x12's. Drill one 3" screw into each of the middle stakes and two screws into each corner stake. Place the screws kitty-corner to one another so each board is supported by one screw.
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Once that's completed, you will need to break up the soil inside of the bed. This will allow for better drainage, and if you are planting varieties with deep root systems, their roots will have an easier time penetrating the soil below. Last but not least, fill the bed with a good mix of soil. You can either purchase quality top soil from landscaping firms or make your own mix.