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How To Build A Raised Garden Bed | Tutorial

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BUILDING A RAISED GARDEN BED IS A QUICK AND EASY WAY TO GET STARTED GARDENING OR TO ADD AN EXTRA GARDEN SPACE TO YOUR GROWING AREA. SEE EXACTLY HOW WE BUILD OUR RAISED GARDEN BEDS HERE.

a raised bed herb garden

WHY BUILD A RAISED GARDEN BED

Building a raised garden bed is a very quick way to get started gardening, especially if you don’t have equipment like a tractor or a tiller to plow up and make rows in a traditional row garden.

In building a wood raised garden bed you just nail or screw your wood together for your bed, fill with dirt and you are ready to get started planting your garden.

When you create a garden of raised beds it is also very easy to add extra beds as your garden needs grow.

close up of a bee on an onion plant in the herb garden

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BUILD A RAISED GARDEN BED

I have seen raised beds made from all sorts for materials but for this tutorial we will be using wood to build our raised bed garden.

So you will need:

  • Wood of your choice, we used 2″ x 8″ boards for the sides and ends of our bed.
  • 2″ x 4″  board, for stakes.
  • Nails or screws to attach your boards together
  • Hammer or screwdriver/ electric drill
  • A saw to cut your stakes.
  • Dirt to fill your garden bed.

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graphic how to build a raised kitchen/herb garden bed
We have a fairly big raised bed garden that we grow the majority of our vegetables in but it is a good distance from the house.

Since I usually decide that I need herbs to cook with when I am right in the middle of cooking, the big garden is a little to far from the house to run out and grab some herbs in the middle of cooking.

I have a really small little herb garden near the house but it has proved to be to small for me to grow all of the herbs that I wanted in it. We made this one really quickly a few years ago in a cattle feed container.

old raised bed herb garden made in cattle feed container

You can see that it is completely filled up with no room for adding new plants.

I finally convinced my husband and boys that I needed a bigger garden bed where this little one was.

We already had some old boards we could use to build it and a load of dirt to fill it with since we were working on add dirt to our raised beds in the big garden.

I like to call this little garden my kitchen garden or potager since it is close to my kitchen and I use it for the herbs that I use daily in cooking. I also always add a few flowers in there.

HOW TO CONSTRUCT A RAISED GARDEN BED

Begin by collecting the tools and materials you will need to build your raised bed.

Next select the site where you will place the bed. You can build the bed in place or move it into place after you have the first step completed.

The first step in construction is to cut your 2×8 lumber into two 4 foot long pieces and two 8 foot long pieces, or whatever size you want your raised be to be. This is the size we choose for this kitchen garden.

You are then going to want to nail or screw those four pieces together forming a rectangle frame for your garden. Now place this frame exactly where you want your raised bed to be.

Next take your 2×4 lumber and cut it into four  18″ lengths and cut a point on the end like this.

a 2x4 piece of lumber cut into a stake

Now place one of your stakes right in each corner of your bed.

placing the stake in the corner of the raised bed

Using a hammer drive that stake down into the ground until it is level with the top of the garden bed then screw or nail the bed to the stake to hold it in place. Do this in all four corners.

attaching the garden bed to the stake
Attaching the garden bed at the corners

The bed is now finished and ready to be filled with dirt. This is the perfect time to add in some aged manure if you have any of that handy. We have horses so we always have some ready to go in the garden when needed.

starting to fill the new garden bed with dirt
finishing filling the raised garden bed

I am very thankful for a husband and sons who are always willing to help me with my projects. They whipped this one out so quickly. Now I have plenty of room to add more of the herbs that I love to cook with.

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Here is a video so you can see the garden bed building in action.

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graphic how to DIY your own raised garden bed

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  1. I’ve always wanted a raised bed in my garden, Missy, for beautifu lveggies or flower I can’t grow in our red clay soil. My added step would be to get our homeowners’ association blessing before building any structure .

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