How to Make a Raised Bed Garden

Raised Bed

Building a raised bed garden is a great way to ensure you are getting the ideal environment for your plants.  If your backyard is anything like mine, then it’s full of sand or clay, which doesn’t really provide the nutrients or drainage necessary for healthy plant growth.  Also having a raised growing environment helps to save your back, easily install custom irrigation, and allows you to place a screen at the bottom for moles.

Eventually, having the garden can also help to save you on vegetable costs.  It will take awhile though, I spent about $150 on the project without any plants.  There is also the convenience factor.  There’s also nothing like having fresh herbs and veggies always at the ready in your backyard that you known are organic and super fresh.  For me, gardening is a way to relax and take my mind off things.

Making the garden is pretty simple.  The design is a 4’x8’x1’ square with 4”x4” posts in the corners.  I chose to stain the wood to help to preserve it, and it also looks a bit cooler than raw wood in the backyard.  You want to make the posts a bit longer so you can dig them into the ground to prevent any movement.  I also recommend running a hose on a timer to a soaker hose for easy watering.

Here is your grocery list:

2  8’x1’ boards

2  4’x1’ boards

1  4”x4” x 8’ post, cut into 4 24” pieces.

3 1/2 “ screws x 30ish

16 cubic feet of topsoil

16 cubic feet mof manure


Optional Items

Steel mesh underneath for mole deterrent

Fence around bed for rodent deterrent

Wood Stain (I chose a stain and sealer in one, Thompsons water sealer).


Putting the raised bed together is pretty simple.  Screw the boards into the posts, then screw the cross boards to finish it up.  Stain it once it’s put together.  I used a post hole digger to put the posts into the ground.  Try to make lit level  for more efficient watering.  Gardening is a great activity to do with friends, family, or roommates.  As always , if you need to find a roommate, check out our site!

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