Raised Garden Bed

Make your own raised garden bed

By using raised garden beds, you can grow herbs, flowers, and vegetables almost anywhere you want. With a nice flat location, the right materials, and a few feet of space, you can have a garden in the perfect spot for sun, shade, and aesthetics.

There are plenty of advantages, too. For example, elevated garden beds can lengthen your growing season. Plants tend to grow a little bit easier since the soil in a raised bed is less compacted, and if the plants have an easier time growing, then they usually have a higher yield. And gardening with a raised bed can be much easier on your knees and your back than stooping over and kneeling on the ground.

Raised bed gardens sound amazing, right? We think so, too.

Now here’s the best part: They’re super easy to make. The directions below are for a raised bed that’s about 4-ft x 8-ft, and holds about 32-cu ft of soil (give or take) but you can make yours any size that fits your needs.

Materials

✓ Four 1-in x 6-in x 8-ft boards (side rails)

✓ Four 1-in x 6-in x 4-ft boards (head rails)

✓ Four foot-long 4×4 posts

✓ Four 2-in x 2-in x 18-in stakes

✓ Deck screws

✓ Planting soil

Tools

✓ Drill

✓ Shovel

✓ Safety gear (gloves, eyewear, etc.)

Raised Garden Bed Overview

Raised Garden Bed Overview

  • 1. First, build the side walls. On flat ground, line up the long side of one of the foot-long 4×4 posts perpendicular to the short edge of a side rail so that it makes an L-shape. Fasten them together with the deck screws. Repeat with another post on the other edge of the side rail.
  • 2. Next attach another side rail piece above the first one so that you have a foot-high wall with the posts at the edges (make sure everything’s neatly lined up!) Repeat to build a second wall.
  • 3. Now, let’s build the head walls. Stand the side walls upright with the posts on the outside of where you want the bed to go. Fasten the head rails to the posts with more deck screws to complete the frame. Again, take care to make sure everything lines up right.
  • 4. Adjust the bed frame so that it’s level and in the position you want. If you have to move it or make adjustments, make sure the angles are still lined up.
  • 5. Finally, reinforce the walls by placing a stake at the midpoint on the outside of each of the walls. Hammer the stakes into the ground so that they’re even with the top of the garden bed, then secure them with deck screws.

And that’s all there is to it! Pat yourself on the back, fill the bed with soil, and then tag us in your picture with #MyOSHProject