Reap the amazing rewards of the raised-bed garden with gardening and woodworking pros Karen and Andy Chapman in this special class from Craftsy and Lowes! First, learn how to accurately sketch and plan for your bed. Then, become comfortable with the tools and techniques you need to build a strong, long-lasting frame. Once your bed is in place, find out how to choose and prepare your soil, space and plant your seeds, and install a simple irrigation system to keep your plants healthy and hardy. Get Karen's tips for extending your gardens growing season with hoop frames and row covers. Finally, give your plants the support they need with bamboo frames, custom tomato cages and more.
Meet returning Craftsy instructors Karen and Andy Chapman, who kick off the class with an introduction to raised-bed gardens. Karen walks you through considerations for bed alignment, sun exposure, pest control and soil. She also shares tips on which bed heights will work best for your needs.
Discover the best materials for your garden bed with Andy's expert guidance to help you. Learn how to sketch your design and select lumber that will be strong and warm enough for your garden. Next, learn how to identify problems such as rot-prone or bowed wood and prepare your site before building.
Your preparation has paid off, and now it's time to construct your beds! Andy shares his favorite construction tools for the job and shows you how to cut your lumber to the perfect length. Next, assemble your materials and secure them using screws and optional braces.
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