Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Raised Garden Bed

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A raised garden bed is a necessity for the serious gardener, as it prevents problems like weeds, waterlogged soil and pests from damaging the crop. Installing a raised bed works particularly well in cool climates, since the bed creates a buffer between the plants and the cold ground. In addition, it makes harvesting easier by preventing the gardener from having to bend over when picking ripened vegetables. Luckily, it is rather easy to install a raised garden bed in your backyard by purchasing a few materials and having a moderate amount of technical knowledge.

Measure it Out

Make sure that you have planned your project properly and have measured everything thoroughly. Measuring will ensure that you end up with enough materials and that your project will fit in its intended space.

Purchase the Materials

Before you begin, make sure that you have all of the right materials on hand. You will need enough wood to surround your new bed, in addition to a shovel, a saw, a hammer and some nails. Purchase at least four boards that are 24 inches or more in height, depending on how high you want your walls. Some people stack a couple of boards for higher walls. You should also pick up some 4x4s to act as a base for your bed. Sanding down spiky boards before starting your construction is a good idea, as this can help you prevent injuries.

Put Down Some Posts

Take the 4x4s that you have bought and cut them down to twice the height that your raised bed will end up being. If you have purchased boards that are 24 inches high, for example, your 4x4s should be cut to 48 inches in height. Dig holes that are deep enough to cover half of the 4x4s and place these pieces of wood there. This provides an anchor for the rest of your bed. You will install four of these anchors in total.

Install the Sideboards

Cut your sideboards to their intended length and nail them to the posts. If your raised bed is going to be a rectangular shape, the sideboards will be the longest ones.

Add the End Boards

Next, you will cut the end boards to their intended length. These boards should fit in the spaces that are left in the garden bed. Use at least two nails on each end of the board to ensure that the project stays intact long term.

Strengthen the Structure

If you have some extra 4x4 material around, you can cut it into stakes. If not, you can purchase some 2x2 stakes to hammer into the ground around the sides of the structure. You can then fasten these stakes to the side of the garden using deck screws. Do this on all three walls to maximize its integrity.

Add the Soil

Finally, you are ready to add the soil to your project. Most people will fill it with topsoil and add plenty of organic compost to help their gardens grow.


With these simple steps, you will end up with a fruitful garden that you can enjoy for many seasons to come.

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