Raised Garden Beds

Raised Garden Bed Raised Garden Beds

Any gardener with experience will tell you the reason for using a raised garden bed is quite simple   Access is so much easier, you’re better able to enjoy the labor involved in planting, tending, and harvesting vegetables. Growing in raised beds means you don’t have to bend over as much, saving on your back. The soil warms faster in spring and drains faster in wet weather; what’s not to love? So here are the instructions on how to make your own raised bed.

Step 1: Mark it off

Determine the size of your raised bed. If you’re not sure, start with a 4×4-foot square, a distance most people can reach the middle from both sides of. Then rake and level the ground so that your raised bed will lie flat.

Step 2: Create Your Walls

Start with four, 1-foot-long 4x4s for the corner posts; eight 4-foot-long 2x6s for the side rails; and four 2-foot-long 2x2s for the center stakes.

Position your 4x4s on each corner of your square. Then pick a wall to start with and screw your first 2×6 to connect the corners. Stack a second 2×6 on top of the first. The ends of the 2×6 boards should be even with the sides of the post. Use an angle-square to make sure the rails and posts are lined up at right angles.

Step 3: Connect the Walls

Position the sidewalls so they are upright and opposite each other, with the posts on the outside. Screw the two side rails to the posts to form the other walls of the raised bed.  The ends of the rails should be even with the sides of the posts.

Step 4: Square it Up

Measure diagonally both directions across the planter bed make sure the frame is square. Adjust the raised bed until both diagonals are equal in length.

Step 5: Make it Sturdy

Take a 2×2 stake and place it at the middle point of one of the outside walls.  Now go ahead and dig or pound it into the ground so the top of stake is level with the top of the side rails. Fasten the stake to the side rails with deck screws. Repeat with each of the remaining three walls.

Step 6: Fill it with Soil

Once you’ve built your raised bed fill it with topsoil. If you wish, amend the soil with lots of organic matter, such as compost or peat moss. Then water it well and you’re ready to plant.

It is that simple, you are now ready to garden, grow vegetables, with the benefit of a raised bed.


  1. What a handy and timely how-to.

  2. I have honestly thought about this so many times, but never tried it. You have inspired me to do so, this year. Thank you!

  3. In a home repair project early in my marriage that went very badly the entire family gathered and removed all tools from my position. It is one of first things that is rehashed at each and every Thanksgiving. Having said that I built three of these boxes this spring and I am absolutely thrilled with the result. It took less than an afternoon, it was relatively inexpensive, and it looks really great in my garden.
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  4. Nice job. As an architect, I think you did a fine job explaining too.
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  5. Hi Charlie! This is a really good and clear guide for making a raised bed : )
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  6. We will most definitely be using these instructions to make raised beds as soon as we get our allotment. Lovely looking blog too!

  7. The key is that even if you do not have carpentry skills like myself it is pretty easy to get great results.
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