Maybe it's wishful thinking, but I'm hoping this plastic will kill the grass and make it easier to remove in a few weeks. The first raised bed will go to the back of the plastic, next to the compost bin.
At my last house I used plastic raised bed corners and 2X6's. This time I decided to use untreated 2X8's and screw the corners with deck screws. I know this won't last for many years, but I'm not sure how I will like the placement of the beds as I've never grown anything in this spot. I can try it out and then in the future replace the beds with cedar and reinforced corners.
The bed will be 4'X6', I had them cut the lengths at the store so they would fit into my car.
I added 6 sections of 1" PVC pipe attached with brackets. These will hold the 1/2" PVC I plan to bend into hoops to create a hoop house.
The location is part shade so this bed will mainly be used for spinach, lettuce and other greens. I'll also use it to harden off my seedlings.
First I removed the grass with a shovel. I then used some potting mix from last years planting containers to level the area. I was amazed how dark and rich the potting mix looked next to my heavy clay soil.
I added some chicken wire that I had hanging around, left over from another project. I hear rabbits can chew through chicken wire, but I thought it was better than nothing...and it was free.
The image above shows the bed upside down. I attached the chicken wire to the bottom of the boards with galvanized staples.
I priced weed barrier cloth at the hardware store and decided to go with the free alternative: cardboard.
Now I just need to fill it with dirt. I'm planning to use the Square foot garden method for this bed so I need to take a few trips to the garden center to get everything I need for the soil mix.