Missouri is known for having rocky soil, especially my yard, yikes! So I knew raised beds were going to be the way to go. I went to Lowe's for some cedar. We were making one raised garden bed to start with. The boards were 8 feet long so I had the guy at Lowe's cut each board in half for me to create a 4 foot by 4 foot bed with. The widest one they had was six inches so we decided to make two boxes and stack them on top of each other.
Doesn't everyone do this? Text pics to the husband to ask which one to get? I wanted to know which thickness he thought and of course we went for the thicker one. Lowe's gives discount on imperfect boards and since ours was for outdoors I didn't care if they weren't perfect. I scored mine for $5 off each board. Don't get treated wood or the chemicals will leach into your garden. Cedar is great, though it is expensive compared to many other woods.
The next step is to put down layers of cardboard. It helps kill grass and it's great compost material for your garden. Worms love it and worms are great for your garden. On top of the cardboard we will put a mixture of soil and compost.
Other things on my garden To Do:
-Make our own rainwater catcher.
-More containers to plant in.
Funds have been tight around here so I haven't gotten to get the ball rolling as quickly as I'd like on the gardening front, like not having our soil purchased yet (I'm getting it tomorrow, woo hoo). I still don't know what the heck I'm doing but it's a learning process and we've decided to have fun with it instead of stressing or being hard on ourselves if we suck. Hopefully we'll get a decent yield. There's always something new to learn and I hear gardening is addictive. There were already a dozen other seeds I wanted to get but I tried to rein in it and listen to the resounding wisdom of seasoned gardeners: start SMALL. I researched for weeks on what would be easier for us amateurs so I'm hopeful we get some goodies from our garden.
Are you planting anything? How long have you been gardening?