Building a Raised Garden Bed

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We built our raised garden bed almost three years ago, but I wanted a chance to share how we did ours. At that time, it would be my first time gardening-I didn’t want to be too ambitious and build a huge garden bed, and then regret it. So we decided to go with a 4’x4′ raised garden bed. If you don’t have the time or tools to cut your own wood, you can either buy a kit like we did, or ask Home Depot (or other hardware store) to cut the wood for the size you need. If you have a large backyard like we do, I hope you will take advantage of the space and explore growing your own vegetables and fruits with a raised garden bed!

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Materials (pictured and not pictured):

  • stakes
  • brightly colored spray paint
  • scissors
  • twine
  • hammer (or rubber mallet)
  • work gloves
  • tape measure
  • weed barrier
  • garden soil
  • mulch
  • hoe
  • shovel
  • rake
  • cedar wood (we used this garden bed kit)

Instructions:

Choose a sunny spot that is flat. Using the tape measure, plot out a 4’x4′ square. Hammer down stakes into the corners, then use the twine to create the perimeter. Spray the paint right along the twine. It’s okay if the spray goes outside the twine, because you want to dig up an area slightly larger than 4’x4′ so that you can mow the lawn safely around the garden.garden-bed-2

Dig up the grass and soil including the area with the spray paint. Stamp it down to level. Remove the stakes and twine.

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Cut weed barrier to size (slightly larger than 4’x4′). Lay that down first, then follow the directions to start putting together the wood pieces.

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Before putting in the soil, we lay down some mulch outside of the garden bed perimeter. This will allow the lawn mower to cut the grass around the bed without nicking it.

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Lastly, pour the soil into the bed, use a rake to spread it around. Our bed is about 12″ tall, and you want to fill it up to about 11″ because over time with moisture and air, the soil will compress. We had to top it off with some more soil this year.

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And there you have it! Start planting seeds, starter plants, trellises, whatever you need to get your garden going. Good luck!

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