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How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

Raised garden beds make gardening easy and look great.

  • 1 Hour
  • Amateur
Materials:
  • 4”x4”x3’ untreated post (1)
  • Soil
  • 3" wood screws
  • 2”x8”x8’ untreated boads (2)
Tools:
  • Square
  • Electric drill and bits
  • Shovel
  • Circular saw
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Carpenter's level
Warning: It’s very important to wear eye protection whenever you work with power tools.

10 steps on 'How to Build a Raised Garden Bed'

1

Remove sod

Remove sod

Pick a sunny location and remove the sod.

2

Make sure ground is level

Make sure ground is level

Use your carpenter’s level to be sure the ground is level.

3

Cut the 2”x8”x8’s in half

Cut the 2”x8”x8’s in half

Cut the 2”x8”x8’s in half. Measure 4’ from the end and make a mark. Use the square to mark a straight line then cut along the line with the circular saw. These will be the sides.

4

Make corner posts

Make corner posts

Cut 4 – 7 ¼” lengths from the 4”x4”x3’ post. These will be the corner posts.

5

Place side board

Place side board

On a flat surface, place a side board on two corner posts keeping the board even with the posts.

6

Drill three pilot holes

Drill three pilot holes

Drill three pilot holes into the side piece keeping them evenly spaced and approximately 1” from the ends.

7

Secure the board to the post

Secure the board to the post

Secure the board to the post with 3” screws. Do the same for the other end. Do this on two side boards.

8

Drill holes

Drill holes

The other two side boards will overlap so drill the holes in approximately 3” from the end or the screws will miss the posts.

9

Secure boards

Secure boards

Secure the last two boards with the 3” wood screws.

10

Place the frame

Place the frame

Place the frame in your prepared location and fill with soil.